NFU CALLS ON MINISTER RITZ TO QUIT HIDING BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanSaskatoon, Sask. November 2, 2011</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span – The NFU is calling on Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz to quit hiding behind closed doors as his government steamrolls legislation through Parliament to kill the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB). Yesterday, several farmers attempted to attend an event at which the Minister was to give a speech, at the Rahr Malting Canada plant in Alix, Alberta. “It is really quite troubling that Ritz does not want to allow farmers to hear his speeches. He supposedly has come to bring us good news.
NFU SAYS HARPER GOVERNMENT HAS BULLIED AND OUTRAGED PRAIRIE GRAIN FARMERS
Saskatoon, Sask. – The National Farmers Union (NFU) says that the Harper government hasn’t deceived prairie wheat and barley farmers with their dual market rhetoric. “The NFU has always maintained that a dual market is not possible. It’s the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) with the single desk, or not CWB at all. Harper has known this all along, and the legislation his government introduced yesterday proves that,” stated NFU President Terry Boehm.
MANITOBA FARMERS URGED TO JOIN NFU AFTER KAP BOWS OUT OF FIGHT TO SAVE CWB
Saskatoon, Sask. – The National Farmers Union (NFU) says that the Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) have abandoned the farmers of Manitoba with their recent decision to withdraw from the fight to save the Canadian Wheat Board’s (CWB) single desk. “Manitoba farmers are upset with this decision.
NFU MOURNS LOSS OF AG REPORTER ADRIAN EWINS
Saskatoon, Sask. - The National Farmers Union (NFU) mourns the loss of Adrian Ewins, an inspired journalist and a gentleman. We would like to express our condolences to his family, friends, and to all those he worked with. Adrian Ewins was always well respected for the integrity and the intelligence he brought to his profession.“It has always been a pleasure to work with Adrian. He was an exceptional reporter who was committed to always putting complex stories into their full context,” said NFU President Terry Boehm.
NFU SAYS CHANGE TO APP REVEALS HYPOCRISY OF FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
Saskatoon, Sask. – The National Farmers Union (NFU) says the federal government has revealed its true beliefs regarding the future of the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB). Earlier today, the federal government announced that the CWB would no longer be administering the Advance Payments Program (APP) for Western wheat and barley. The program will now be administered by the Canadian Canola Growers Association (CCGA).
Kudos to GRAIN for Right Livelihood Award: NFU
The National Farmers Union extends our congratulations to GRAIN, which has been honoured with the 2011Right Livelihood Award. The award, also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize, recognizes individuals or organizations for their outstanding vision and work on behalf of our planet and its people. It is presented annually by the Swedish Parliament shortly before the Nobel awards ceremony.
NFU SAYS RITZ’S WORKING GROUP REPORT IS SHOCKINGLY HOLLOW
Saskatoon, Sask. – The National Farmers Union (NFU) says that the report released by the working group assembled by Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz is shockingly hollow. In July, Ritz announced the formation of a working group whose purpose was to suggest how the grain marketing system should operate following the assumed end of the Canadian Wheat Board’s (CWB) single desk by August 1, 2012. The working group only included anti-CWB farm groups, and there was no representation from the producer car groups and short line railway groups.
NFU CALLS ON RITZ TO RESPECT WESTERN FARMERS
Saskatoon, Sask. – The National Farmers Union (NFU) is calling on federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz to respect Western wheat and barley farmers, who voted in favour of the Canadian Wheat Board’s (CWB) single desk in the recent CWB plebiscite. “Farmers have clearly shown that they support the single desk, and the advantages it clearly brings, just as they always have. The message that farmers have sent Ritz is crystal clear.
NFU CALLS RITZ’S CWB DISMANTLEMENT CONSULTATION A SHAM
Saskatoon, Sask. – The National Farmers Union (NFU) is calling the consultation process on CWB dismantlement being conducted by the working group formed by Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, a sham. “This was a classic attempt to try and legitimize hasty and destructive decisions. It was no accident that these meetings were held behind closed doors, and were held in the middle of the busiest time of the year for farmers. What is the rush?,“ asked NFU President Terry Boehm.
NFU OFFERS DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO FAMILY OF JACK LAYTON
Saskatoon, Sask. – The National Farmers Union (NFU) offers its deepest condolences to the family of NDP leader Jack Layton, following his passing this morning. Mr. Layton will be remembered as a tireless leader, who never strayed from his fight for social justice for each and every Canadian. “Jack Layton was a good friend of the Canadian farmer, and a fervent defender of the Canadian Wheat Board and supply management. He will be sorely missed by the NFU,” stated NFU President Terry Boehm.
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