The following is portion of an article from the Leader-Post:
by Will Chabun, December 28, 2011
What’s been happening around the Canadian Wheat Board this year is evidence again of the adage that Prairie wheat is 10-per-cent protein – and 90-per-cent politics.
The climax of a battle stretching back decades came surprisingly quietly on Dec. 16, when the board itself withdrew an application for an injunction to stop federal legislation stripping the board of its monopoly over sales of Western Canadian wheat and barley.
The same day, a Manitoba judge refused to halt the legislation, and federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz exulted with his supporters at a Balgonie farm over passage of Bill C-18, the Marketing Freedom for Grain Farmers Act.
Still, extraordinary bitterness has surrounded the change. Leader-Post financial editor Bruce Johnstone reports receiving dozens of calls and emails about it.
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