Federal CWB ruling delaying tactic for one Prairie farmer
At least one Prairie farmer is disappointed with Wednesday’s court statement that found Canada’s agriculture minister broke the law when it came to the bill set to end Canadian Wheat Board monopoly.
“I think it’s more a formality than anything and just a delaying tactic. I don’t think it’s going to change the end result,” said Kerry Peterson, who farms in the Shellbrook-Canwood area.
“I’m in agreement with the government, that’s why the conservative government was elected so strongly in Western Canada.”
The changes by getting rid of the Canadian Wheat Board monopoly will be better for western farmers, he said.
To hold a plebiscite would be a waste of famers’ money because the questions are always flawed and who gets to vote inaccurate, Peterson said.
“They’re never just simply yes or no questions,” he said.
“It’s not an accurate vote by any means, so I think that all needs to be changed and I think everyone has had enough of the plebiscite.”
On the other hand Terry Boehm, president of the Nations Farmers Union, said the vote should be conducted. The union wanted the government to talk to the people, so the court ruling was what they wanted to see, he said.
“Well we’re very pleased. The legislation was originally created, I believe, to prevent the irresponsible behavior of a minister like Gerry Ritz and he decided to run over top of it. Now we’ll see where the government will go," said Boehm.
The membership has been distressed with the government not opening debate, ramming it through parliament and not having amendments, Boehm said.
The farmers union will continue to make the case that wheat and barley producers have the right to vote, he said.
While he knows the argument in favour of the wheat board exsists, Peterson said he doesn’t understand it.
“Anybody that I’ve talked to that’s farming today that’s selling, making a living of a farm is more than anxious to see the dual market system show up,” he said.
“So I don’t understand the argument and why people want to save it other than, just because.”
Edited by News Talk Radio's Karin Yeske.