Conservatives to dismantle Wheat Board

Board chairman vows to take the issue to court


The federal government will table a bill aimed at ending the Candian Wheat Board’s monopoly on Tuesday. In announcing the measure, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz called the Canadian Wheat Board, which requires farmers to sell their wheat and barley harvests through the agency, “yesterday’s solution to yesterday’s problems.” The board’s chairman, however, isn’t taking the news sitting. Allen Oberg plans to take the move to court, saying “the government approach is illegal and it’s against the wishes of farmers.” Indeed, a mail-in vote conducted this summer found 62 per cent of wheat farmers and 51 per cent of those producing barley want to keep it in place. The federal Conservatives have said the board can survive as a voluntary outlet, but it will have to do so without government funding.

Calgary Herald

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Conservatives to dismantle Wheat Board

  1. I understand when populism trumps good policy, ala the crime bill, I don’t like it, but I understand it.

    This?  I haven’t a clue.

  2. Part 2 Section 19 Paragraph 3

    money sucking fascists

  3. This is a victory for the REAL prairie farmers out there!!

    Realize that 10% of us prairie farmers produce over 90% of the wheat and barley that this archaic, communistic CWB system forces us to sell to.  

    I am part of this 10% and am so sick and tired of the 80 acre hobby farmers dictating my marketing decisions for my 17,000 acre family farm.

    Finally freedom of choice, freedom to choose where I sell my grain, what to sell it for and when to deliver it.  AMEN.

    • aka “I want those 80 acre hobby farmers forced to sell to me at a cheap rate.” or “I’m a big fat cat, why should democracy be any of my concern?”

      • No thwim, let them keep their pool.  He shouldn’t have power to dictate nor should I.

      • CWB doesn’t operate under democratic principals.

        Built under communist principals, it still maintains today…  the equalization of poverty.

        • Which is why the CWB managed to get farmers a price premium of around $13 per tonne vs. other markets?

          Perhaps you need to look up the definition of poverty.

          • Thwim, I’ve been marketing our Canadian Farm’s grain and US Farms’ corn and wheat for the past 26 years….  not once has any CWB pricing program provided greater value than me dealing with the local county elevators.  We even grow a lesser quality winter wheat in the US and for 26 years, I’ve achieved over $1.00/bu premium over CWRS wheat.  And you know what, we even get to deliver it when we want.

            What premium Thwim?  WHAT PREMIUM??????

            Just look at today’s CWB CWRS fixed price.  Our GREAT CWB is stealing $45.63/mt out of our pockets – that’s $1.24/bu.  THIS IS A SAD REALITY.  NO MORE SMOKE AND MIRRORS.

          • Because the plural of anecdote=data. 
            Oh wait. It doesn’t.

            Look, you mobilize, as you say, over 17,000 acres, spread over US and Canada.. hell, you’re not even a farmer any more, if you ever were. You’re a CEO who likely pays other people to do most of the actual farming.  So yeah, you’re going to be the exception to most of farmers, and can manage to negotiate better prices.

            As I said above “I’m a big fat cat, why should democracy/other people be any of my concern?”  You’re certainly welcome to hold that view.  I simply don’t share it. I *like* there being a lot of little farms around, because I don’t like the idea of my food supply being hostage to two or three mega-companies, which is the way it is going, and will accelerate toward once the CWB is no longer protecting small farmers.

          • Thwim, you’re missing the point.  You’re implying that one person’s rights, choices and freedoms can be dictated to and imposed onto another.  This is ludicrous in today’s day and age, especially for a government legislated body.  

            Let there be a CWB.  Let there continue to be small family farms.

            Just let me choose WHO, HOW, WHEN, WHERE and FOR WHAT I sell the fruits of my labour for.  It’s that simple.  

          • We live in this little thing called a society. Which means, yes, one person’s rights and freedoms are constrained for the benefit of all.  That’s why it’s called a law.

            And people’s choices and freedoms always butt up against each other.  That’s simply the nature of freedom.  You say that you’re gaining the right and freedom to market your grain how you want.

            What’s being taken away, however, is the right and freedom of those small farmers to be able to negotiate with the full force of the amount of grain produced in Western Canada.  It’s simply that you think your freedom to do what you want should trump their freedom to do what they want.  I mean, it’s no different if I want the freedom to drive at 60mph through the playground zones and others think they should have the freedom to have their kids play safely in the playground.  My rights, choices, and freedoms are being dictated to by others. And yet I think there’s a good argument to be made that society, as a whole, is better that I *don’t* have that freedom.

      • I love how you think people make a living selling wheat on an 80 acre farm.

        If someone has 80 acres, it is because growing wheat is a hobby, not a livelihood.

        Yet somehow, they are able to dictate how an independent business sells their own invested labour and capital, a business that is responsible for someone’s livelihood.

        Yep, that’s democracy alright.   And you wonder why the Liberals and NDP can’t get elected in rural ridings.

        • The best and worst thing about democracy is that the majority gets their way.

          Sucks when you’re not among the majority, but it tends to keep most people happy.

          • For once I agree.  I voted Conservative and so did every other “progressive” farmer out there – and yes, we WILL Have Marketing Freedom.

            Now you better get packed up before they shut the lights off on you at 423 Main Street Winnipeg…

  4. Posted in the last few days on CWB Website:  An admission that they’re POOLING does not work and that if we were free to market ourselves, we’d be obtaining the true value $1.11 – $1.60 HIGHER per BUSHEL as determined by price discovery on the December Minneapolis Wheat Futures:

    FarmersProducer Payment OptionsBasis valuesKeep in mind that one particular futures contract (for example, Minneapolis December 2011) may not be indicative of the prices that the CWB can receive for sales of wheat over the entire period that the CWB will be marketing 2011-12 deliveries. 

  5. I have heard this argument from prairie farmers for many years…those eastern bast___s! I await the reality therapy with great anticipation.
    I do not believe it will be a level playing field any longer, the closer a product is to international transportation the higher the price will be for product, and Saskatchewan will undoubtedly get the worst price for produce. If you are buying produce will you spend your budget on product closer to an international port or as far away as possible greatly increasing transportation costs and lowering the amount of product purchased?
    Like any other move by a conservative policy, this too is designed to make the rich richer and the poor poorer… wait and see.
    Much like another comment I once received from a grown male from Saskatchewan.. ” We don’t accept daylight saving time because it was invented by eastern bast___s so they could get to the markets before us westerners”. Yes, the reality therapy will be … enlightening.

  6. The board’s chairman, however, isn’t taking the news sitting. Allen Oberg plans to take the move to court, saying “the government approach is illegal and it’s against the wishes of farmers.” 

    I would love to hear how it is illegal for a government to opt for a different policy option, and improve on its existing freedom-hating policy.   Better yet, an improvement that the winning party actually campaigned on!  Good luck with that, Allen.  Next time you want to make sh!t up, read your kids a fairy tale, and stay away from a reporter’s microphone.  Much thanks.

    As for the second half of your argument, who cares?  Why should I sell your wheat?  Why MUST I sell your wheat?  Why MUST you give me your wheat to sell?

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