August 11, 2011
Manitoba Cooperator
To the Editor:

After surviving 14 challenges by the Americans (ruled in favour of the Canadian Wheat Board by dispute panel each time) Prime Minister Harper will dismantle the CWB in short order and Americanize the system. The CWB, which is “uniquely Canadian,” has been a major irritant to the big players in the grain industry.

Because of the single desk,the CWB has attracted some of the biggest and best importers in the world. The single desk has enabled the CWB to offer a consistent supply of the quality product they require as well as timely delivery at premium prices.

The underhanded tactics used by the government and all those out to kill the CWB have been appalling, most unCanadian and most undemocratic. The scorn and contempt heaped on anyone supporting the CWB by the agriculture minister has been outrageous,to say the least. To him, it is the survival of the fittest and those who have — get, the good ol’American way!

It would be of great interest to many to know how much taxpayer money has gone into funding the various producer organizations that are out to kill the CWB.

It is hard to understand the minds of Harper and company on this issue. But rest assured, this is far more about money and power than freedom for the farmers.

Oli Narfason
Gimli, Man.

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