Private foreign investors, railroad companies real winners of dismantling Wheat Board
Tories disregard farmers' voices to favour businesses.
September 19, 2011: Ralph Goodale, Liberal MP of Wascana, Saskatchewan, blogs about the Conservative government's newest contempt of democracy by ignoring a recent Canadian Wheat Board vote. The Tories are forging on with plans that could put farmers' livelihoods at risk by benefitting only private foreign interests and railroad companies that can look forward to targeting farmers with increased fees.
"All majorities are not created equal, at least not in Stephen Harper's Canada.
Think back to last May.
In the federal election, the turnout was barely 60 percent. And of those who voted, only 40 percent supported Mr. Harper. But because of unusual vote-splits in Ontario, the Conservatives won a majority of the seats in the House of Commons.
As a consequence, Mr. Harper now claims unfettered power.
Fast-forward to September.
The Canadian Wheat Board has just concluded a democratic vote among western grain producers. It was managed professionally and independently by one of Canada's most respected accounting firms
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Posted: September 21, 2011
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