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Illegal dismantling of Wheat Board costly to Canadians

Litigation could cost federal government billions while abolition of single desk transfers wealth from farmers to the private sector.

Gehl says Minister Ritz failed to follow due process of law when he set out to end single desk CWB.OTTAWA, ON, May 23, 2012: The Federal Court of Appeal has reserved its decision concerning the ruling from Justice Campbell in December 2011. At issue is a judgement by Federal Court Justice Campbell declaring that by introducing legislation to end the single desk Canadian Wheat Board without allowing farmers to vote as outlined in the Canadian Wheat Board Act, Minister Ritz had committed an "affront to the rule of law".

Stewart Wells, chairperson of the Friends of the Canadian Wheat Board, observed that "the reckless and irresponsible actions of this government are already costing farmers millions, and if continued will result in the largest seizure and transfer of wealth from farmers to the private sector since confederation. The government is seizing up to $200 million in cash alone from our Wheat Board and our overseas customers are already expressing concern about our ability to live up to the reputation our Wheat Board built."

"We are confident that our lawyers put forward a strong case that the 1998 Wheat Board Act created a marketing partnership between farmers and the government and Minister Ritz failed to follow the due process of law when he set out to end our single desk wheat board," said Bill Gehl, vice Chair of Friends of the CWB.

Gehl went on to say that the Friends of the Canadian Wheat Board will also continue their Constitutional and Class Action lawsuit to restore the single desk Wheat Board seeking compensation of approximately $17 billion from the Federal Government, and are gratified with growing support from farmers and others across Canada.

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Posted: May 30, 2012

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