The Monopoly Saving Crusaders Need to Learn When to Quit

Sometimes knowing when to quit is important.  This is definitely something that the Friends of the Canadian Wheat Board and the CWB Alliance  need to learn.  This week, a number of former directors are pleading with the Canadian Supreme Court to rule in their favor.

According to the Brandon Sun,

Eight former farmer-elected directors of the board are asking the Supreme Court of Canada for leave to appeal a lower court ruling on the way the federal government stripped the agency of its marketing monopoly.

Supporters of the board’s monopoly have been arguing the federal government didn’t follow a law that required it to let grain farmers vote on the future of the wheat board.

“We believe that this case raises issues that are important to all Canadians and is worthy of careful consideration by the Supreme Court,” Allen Oberg, a farmer and former chairman of the wheat board said Thursday.

A Federal Court judge had ruled in favour of grain farmers who wanted such a vote, but that ruling was later overturned in the government’s favour by the Federal Court of Appeal.

The reality is that outside of this tiny fringe, farmers and the industry is moving on and looking ahead towards the future.  Even some of the most die hard wheat marketing monopoly friends of mine are laughing at this groups unwillingness to give up.

In the new open market, there is still going to be a pooling option for farmers if they choose.

Is the CWB asking farmers to save the monopoly?  Employees of the CWB, including CEO Ian White are looking ahead to compete in the open market.  I’m betting that if you asked the CEO staff they would just like this debate to go away.

It’s time that our monopoly saving crusaders admitted defeat and quit with this nonsense.

 

 

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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Andy

I hope the flowers in the photo were bought from a monopolistic pool, so that no flower grower got a lower or high price than his neighboring flower grower.

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marty

Finnaly the wheat broad is GONE and we as farmers can sell our grain to whoever we want 2 and not them having to use our grain bins as storage and get payed 1 year later !!!!!!!!!

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Ron

Hey Shaun
I didn’t realize any pro wheat board people would want to be a friend of yours

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dirtfarmer

I don’t suppose this will get any less annoying; mattering little which side is speaking out. The whole process was annoying. Each farmer has different believes or theories and a reason for those differences. There isn’t anyone out there, least a politician that could argue against that.

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Ron

Hey Shaun
I guess you don’t like pro wheat board comments. I see that they are removed from the comment list.

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Dean

There are many reasons to be concerned about the new situation and how it was handled by our government. If you dig a little deeper there were certainly better ways to handle a transition. 1) Our Ag minister should have held a vote. 2) Our Ag minister should not have continually misinformed the public about the elected CWB directors: http://youtu.be/GLzRbkcs-gk 3) In reading the new bill the new CWB is likely to fail. Ian White is playing the game of appeasing the sponsor (government) because currently farmers cannot come first as was the previous law – farmers first was actually part of the former CWB act. Now it’s survival, profits, sponsors, then farmers. 98% went back to farmers but it won’t anymore. All these things need continued discussion and it is inaccurate to say that these issues are dead. Groups who raise are fighting for benefit all farmers to not be complacent and simply give in because they disagree with the direction of the government of the day. The Alliance and the Friends are deeply concerned about the future of farming in Canada. I would think as a reporter you would be a little more interested in understanding the issues these groups are raising. If we as farmers are willing to support government officials who are willing to deceive in order to get what they want then I would say that also encourages that type of negative business practice to continue in our industry. When we want to sell our grain to the mega-grain giants we all need to look at ways of ensuring that they are not overstepping their bounds. The former CWB was extremely important for keeping the large grain companies in check through farmer controlled market power. It also was our direct access to oversees markets and could ensure quality grain to the world customers for all of us. This is certainly worth fighting for and continuing our discussions about.

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Josh

Ron

the board is still there feel free to sell to them, if it is a good as some people think it is than the CWB will have no problem finding enough grain to stay viable.

The CWB has an edge with the govt guaranteeing its loans and all of the major grain handlers handling grain for them. It also has millions of dollars in contacts and offices around the world and years of experience. I wish them luck.

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Josh

Dean lets talk about votes

Remember barley, that was a vote, barley clearly won marketing freedom but the cwb did not like the results and so went to the courts and got the result they wanted.

Also do you grow canola? Peas? Oats? Rye? Why have farmers who grow these crops thrived if big busniess is so bad?

do you belive in freedom of religion? freedom of speach? freedom of assembly? freedom of the press? freedom to buy your imputs from whoever you choose

I find it hard to belive that you can belive in the above things and not belive in the right of a farmer to sell to who ever he or she wants even if he or she is getting screwed.

it is my right to get “screwed” by the large grain companies if i want.

just as it is your right to band together with other farmers form a co opertive and market your grain through the co op.

as i have said before if the cwb is so great they will have no issues in getting enough grain to stay viable. honestly i wish them luck!

but am glad to not have to go to jail when i exercise my right to sell to whom ever i choose.

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