Minister Strahl's unsubstantiated words

  Niagara Falls, Ontario,
Sunday, January 28, 2007
by: Joe Hueglin

While Minister of Agriculture Strahl says his government is offering to Western barley farmers "choice on how they market their grain while preserving a strong, viable, yet voluntary Wheat Board", if there are economic analyses backing his words he has not brought them forward.

There are findings that the effectiveness of the Canadian Wheat Board in its present role is due to its acting as agent for all growers. **

Destroying that which is functioning well through implementing change is the antithesis of conservatism. Improvement in what exists is most certainly desirable but not far reaching structural change on the basis of unsubstantiated opinion.



Joe Hueglin

Farmscom Minster Strahl Announces Barley Plebicite Question, (pdf) January 21, 2007

Fulton, Murray, The impact of removing single-desk selling powers, (pdf) January 26, 2007 University of Sasaktchewan


Canadian Press, Strahl reveals options for CWB barley plebescite, (pdf) January 22, 2007 CTV


Hursh, Kenneth, Strahl's tactics have hurt farmers, (pdf) January 24, 2007, Regina Leader Post


Canadian Press, Farmers back wheat board, (pdf) January 27, 2007, Regina Leader Post

Photo credits: Shtral image from CBC


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