House of Commons expected to pass bill to end Wheat Board monopoly
A big vote will take place in the House of Commons on Monday when MP's are expected to pass third and final reading on Bill C-18 – the Marketing Freedom for Grain Farmers Act.
It will remove the Canadian Wheat Board monopoly on wheat and barley sales.
“This vote is between stifling the western economy or creating new jobs and economic opportunities,” explained federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. “This vote is a fundamental choice on whether government should continue to shackle farmers or free farmers.”
Saskatchewan agriculture minister Bob Bjornerud is in Ottawa for the vote.
If passed, it goes to the senate. If it gets the go-ahead, it will take effect August 1.
Edited by News Talk Radio's Sabeen Ahmad.