Coalition Govenment Means the CWB Single Desk Stays

The formation of a Liberal / NDP coalition government is going to shake the political foundation of Canada. Between the fact that a man that is getting ousted by his own party may become Prime minister and party that has only one concern but to protect the interests of one province is the glue holding the coalition together, this is a situation that is going to really upset the Canadian system.

With the Liberals and NDP running the government as Western Canadian farmers we virtually have no opportunity to rid ourselves of the single desk system. Dion and Layton have made it very clear that they believe in the Canadian Wheat Board. It really is to bad that the Conservatives did not press the issue harder during their last term. I heard several people speculate that the Conservatives should of pressed the CWB issue a soon as Parliament opened to try and get the legislation through because it was not big enough of an issue to topple the government. Well apparently cutbacks to party financing was a big enough issue and not the CWB. Now being called possibly the biggest blunder in the history of Canadian politics Harper may be sitting on the other side of the house.

For many, the dream to end the single desk system on board grains may be lost in the near term. The hope is that if this new government is formed they do not drop the ball in battling international issues like COOL, the global credit and liquidity crisis and the US investigating its commitment to NAFTA.
 

Shaun Haney

Shaun grew up on a family seed farm in Southern Alberta. Haney Farms produces, conditions and retails wheat, barley, canola and corn seed. Shaun Haney is the founder of RealAgriculture.com. @shaunhaney

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