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April 11, 2012

Former chair of the CWB, Allen Oberg was in Provost recently giving some local farmers an update on current legal battles. ©Provost News Photo.

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Ex-Wheat Board Directors Appeal Court Ruling
Eight former elected-directors of the Canadian Wheat Board will appeal a February 24 Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench decision of Justice Perlmutter.

The former directors, elected by producers requested in December an immediate stay of implementation of Bill C-18 which removed the compulsory single desk selling of the CWB
“We believe that the judge’s decision is not an accurate reflection of the rights of farmers,” said Allen Oberg, former chair of the CWB and farmer from Forestburg, Alta. “After studying the ruling in detail, we have come to the conclusion that the ruling in Manitoba contains a number of errors that should be analyzed by an Appeal Court.”

The federal government passed legislation in December to allow farmers to use the CWB or other agencies to sell their wheat or barley.

Member of Parliament for this riding, Leon Benoit said ending the CWB monopoly was a “rights issue” (see PN Oct. 26, 2011). The historic change is set to take place for the new crop year—August 1.

Kyle Korneychuk, a former elected-CWB director from Pelly said “For 14 years, from 1998 to the end of 2011, everyone understood that the government had to follow section 47.1 of the CWB Act and conduct a farmer vote on significant changes to the CWB’s mandate. And Justice Campbell of the Federal Court agreed with this understanding in his ruling in December. It is ridiculous for the government to now argue that 47.1 did not extend to farmers the right to vote on important marketing changes. We believe that Justice Perlmutter was wrong in taking a restrictive approach to farmers' right to vote.”

“The CWB is rapidly being dismantled—more staff are being terminated every month—and the temporary CWB that is emerging will not return the full value of grain sales to farmers and is quickly becoming a political tool of the grain companies and the government,” added Bill Toews, former elected-CWB director from Kane, Man. “Grain companies quickly figured out that they do not need to kill the temporary CWB immediately when all they need to do is pinch off its feeding tube in the middle of the night in 24 or 36 months. Farmers are telling us to keep fighting for our rights. All that Minister Ritz needed to do was to follow the law and let farmers vote—instead he has chosen to waste hundreds of thousands of taxpayer’s dollars trying to defend the indefensible.”

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