I emailed my MP, Dave Batters, regarding my concerns about democracy for farmers within the Canadian Wheat Board — this was before Minister Strahl fired the CEO, Adrian Measner. The arrogance of these men and women irks me to no end! They act as if they have formed a majority government, with no respect for democracy or democratic processes. They’re fascists!
What follows is the response I received from Batters:
Thank you for contacting my office regarding the Canadian Wheat Board. As you are aware, on January 23, 2006, Canadians voted for change. The Conservative Party campaigned on the promise of marketing choice for western Canadian wheat and barley producers. The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Agriculture, has released the findings and recommendations of a Task Force on implementing marketing choice. The Task Force recommends a four-stage transition from a Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) with monopoly powers, to a marketing choice environment which includes: * preparing for change; * forming the new CWB; * launching the new CWB with transition measures; and * post transition. The Task Force concluded that a new CWB, owned by farmers, could thrive and create value without monopoly selling powers. Please be assured that our government is carefully examining the Task Force's findings and is listening to what western Canadian grain farmers have to say about the ideas put forward in the report. Our Conservative government is committed to delivering a plan which offers Western farmers marketing choice and a strong, viable, and voluntary farmer-owned Canadian Wheat Board that works for everyone. Minister Strahl has announced the federal government's intention to hold a plebiscite in the New Year on the issue of marketing choice for western Canadian barley producers. This plebiscite demonstrates that we are listening to the opinions of farmers on this important issue. Western Canadian wheat and barley farmers produce a world-class product and our Conservative government sees a bright future for producers with a voluntary Wheat Board. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this issue with me. As your Member of Parliament, it is important for me to hear the views of my constituents. Sincerely, Dave Batters Member of Parliament - Palliser Moose Jaw: (306) 691-3577 Toll-free: 1-866-691-3577 Regina: (306) 790-4646 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Ottawa: (613) 992-9115 www.davebatters.com