Emasculated Canadian Wheat Board

Waldeck - Wednesday, March 1, 2006 - by:Henry Neufeld

In the Jan 19/06 edition of the Western Producer, Ipsos-Reid poll detailed voting intentions of Western Canadian farmers as follows: Alta. – 87% Conservative: Sask. - 73% Conservative: Manitoba – 71% Con servative. That’s just about how the election turned out.

The centre piece of the Conservative Farm Policy was a severely emasculated Canadian Wheat Board. With light speed, this change to a new Conservative government is bearing fruit.

Western Producer, Feb. 9/06 a big front page headline: “Grain Company stock values rise”. And why are grain company shares increasing in value? Let me quote –

“An expectation that the new federal government will end the CWB single desk and perhaps reduce its role in transportation logistics, which could translate into higher profits for grain handlers”.

That seems clear enough if grain companies are expecting more profit from the grain system after all meaningful power has been stripped from the Canadian Wheat Board, it is a sure bet farmers will get less profit.

For many years now, farm profits have declined, while the agro-business profits and market powers have increased. The election results indicate farmers want to keep it that way.


Henry Neufeld



Return to Ensign - Return to Saskatchewan News

This page is a story posted on Ensign and/or Saskatchewan News, both of which are daily web sites offering a variety of material from scenic images, political commentary, information and news. These publications are the work of Faster Than Light Communications . If you would like to comment on this story or you wish to contact the editor of these sites please send us email.

Editor : Timothy W. Shire
Faster Than Light Communication
Box 1776, Tisdale, Saskatchewan, Canada, S0E 1T0
306 873 2004