Henry Vos: Why I Stepped Down From the CWB Board of Directors

This week Henry Vos resigned from the Canadian Wheat Board for several reasons.  I talked to him this morning so that he can get his reasons in the open and in the clear.  Whether you agree with Henry’s decision to resign, it is very visible that Henry feels strongly about his reasons and what is happening at the Canadian Wheat Board.

When you listen to our discussion below or read the resignation letter, you get the feeling that this whole discussion is about to take another step higher in intensity.  With lawsuits now flying around in both directions, I think that this whole debate is about to get ugly.

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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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Mark Bratrud

Good Interview Shaun. If there were a dozen Henry Vos’s sitting around the table CWB 2 would have a bright future.

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Bev and Lyle Gordon

Thankyou to both Shaun and Henry for doing this interview. Well done. We admire Henry for his stand that he has taken on this issue. We are not CWB supporters for our own farm and have not grown any wheat or barley to be marketed thru them for many years. That being said if farmers want to continue with the board, the Chairman and members sitting at the table have a responsibility to work with the Government to create the new board with out the monopoly. As for the numbers that they say that support the board I don’t know one farmer in our community that returned a ballot.Both of our sons who farm with us and have grown barley didn’t even recieve a ballot. Most people realized that the plebisite had no mandate so thought it was a complete waste of time and our money. We have taken the position for many years that if the CWB is gaining us the most money for our product prove it to us don’t expect that we will believe just because you say so. Also that if you produce wheat and barley any place other than Western Canada you have marketing freedom, it should have always been called the Forced Western Canadian Wheat Board. Using the name Canadian Wheat Board infers that it is all Canadian wheat growers.

Once again thankyou for this great interview. We admire a person who sticks to their principals and doesn’t fall to peer pressure.

We would encourage the current board to stop fighting the ending of the monoploy and get on with creating a new board that will serve farmers well.

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cpsask

Henry is a bit of a hypocrit. He was ok with the “idealogical bullying” before the conservatives got power and now he is trying to flip sides. Taking the easy way out. he was ok with spending farmers money improperly before this year.

Have a hard time trusting the man when as soon as he resigns he gets interviews and now wants to “spill the beans” on the board. Making himself look like the hero. trying to save face for a run at politics!!

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Darin Wobick

Excellent interview. Learned a lot that hasn’t been mentioned in the media. If the CWB will not let the farmers know what the options for the future are (other than the sky falling in), maybe the “pro non-monopoly” groups have to do the CWB’s job and let people that believe in pooling their sales know what is possible.

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Ben

As a futures trader at the Minneapolis Grain Exchange (where the CWB manages its futures) I find it INCREDIBLY ironic that a member of the CWB is retiring because of “idealogical bullying”. The CWB has been a bully for years. Not only do they bully the MGEX board with there “do it this way or we are leaving” mentality/threats, they also bully the futures market with their incredibly deep pockets and government backed interest rates. They literally forced the closure of the open outcry pit after their terrible trading in 2008 which lost them $80 million dollars for Canadian farmers, as well as putting about 60 great people in the pit out of work. Because of nothing more than spite. For Mr Vos to say he is leaving because HE is now the one getting bullied is much like an 8th grader bullying his grade school classmates, then complaining once he is bullied as a 9th grader in HS.

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Harry Siemens

Wow there is some misunderstanding here. I’m not sure where Henry stood on the single desk before, but as I understand it, as a sitting director he could not ‘spill the beans’ because the bully would make him sit in the corner. In fact, for speaking out on the circus type meetings the CWB held this summer, I attended one in Oak Bluff, where the greeter was from the Communist party, Jeff Nielsen couldn’t attend the November board meeting. So, they both resigned so they could speak out on the garbage going on within. Way to go guys……
We need more guys like Ben to speak out, except for his rip on Henry Vos.. Ben can you email me at [email protected] so I can talk to you? This is the stuff we need to hear.

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Harry Siemens

When the guy from, CPSask says Henry is a bit of a hypocrite I don’t think he understands either what which side he butters his bread. He couldn’t complain about spending money, the rest of the board would reprimand him. So much for a democratic org-gy, maybe

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Chris

Henry Vos is a solid guy, and this was a great interview that brought new information to a debate that’s been hammered hard already. I changed my opinion as a result of this. Previously, I thought there was no way the CWB could survive without a monopoly. If they retain federally backed interim payments as a competitive advantage, along with their relationships, braintrust, info systems, and customer database – I now think they could do OK – as long as they dont squander all their money and any goodwill they still have left by fighting to the death.

It seems like it could be similar to Farm Credit as an option to private charter banks. Government backed competitive advantage, competing against very powerful private corporations.

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