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NFU disappointed Supreme Court not hearing CWB class action case
(<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanApril 10, 2015, Saskatoon</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span) - The National Farmers Union (NFU) is disappointed that the Supreme Court of Canada has refused to hear the farmers’ Class Action lawsuit stemming from the Harper Government’s dismantling of the single-desk Canadian Wheat Board (CWB). Had the case proceeded, the Supreme Court would have been able to determine whether common law property rights apply to collective interests in property, namely the assets farmers paid for and added value to as a result of their management and direction of the CWB. The central question of the case was “Did the federal government unlawfully expropriate a proprietary interest of grain producers in the CWB by enacting the <em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanMarketing Freedom for Grain Farmers Act</em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span in 2011?” The class action also claimed that by dismantling the single desk CWB, the government unjustly broke its trust and interfered with farmers’ economic relations. Read more
NFU urges western provincial governments to purchase CWB assets
<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span(Dec 4, 2014 - Deleau, MB)</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span- The National Farmers Union (NFU) is urging the governments of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC to become actively engaged in the federal government’s plan to dispose of the farmer-paid Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) assets. In a letter sent to the Manitoba Government today, farmer and NFU Board member Ian Robson urges Premier Selinger to purchase and hold the assets in question while a process is developed to once again put farmers back in control of their assets. Read more
Privatization of CWB assets in secret will help government and grain companies — not farmers, says NFU
<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span(October 23, 2014, Saskatoon)</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span – The privatization of the physical assets of the CWB is fraught with problems, according to an analysis from the National Farmers Union (NFU). Secrecy surrounds the impending deal: the FNA, which is seeking investors, agreed to non-disclosure terms; Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz withheld all financial information from the public tabling of the CWB annual report; and the CWB is not revealing the criteria it is using to assess competing bids. “Public accountability has been dismantled along with the single desk,” said Jan Slomp, NFU President. “When the so-called Marketing Freedom Act was drawn up, the government added wording that allows the Minister to keep the public in the dark. Read more
CWB to sell itself, in secret and not necessarily to the highest bidder
<span<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span </span<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span<span<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span </span<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span Read more
CBC: Wheat Board and Rail Backlog
NFU member Dean Harder speaks about post-single desk CWB grain transport debacle on Lang and O'Leary show. Note: the tag line is incorrect, Dean never said the backlog wouldn't have happened under the CWB, he did talk about how the CWB would have handled the volume more efficiently. Read more
Op Ed – Closure of Cereal Research Centre part of Federal UPOV ’91 Agenda
<em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanBy Glenn Tait</em<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span The Cereal Research Centre (CRC) is being closed this month, marking the end of nearly a century of public plant breeding in Winnipeg. It is another sorry landmark on the Harper government’s systematic path of destruction through Canada’s public agriculture institutions. Publicly funded plant breeding at the CRC, along with other Agriculture Canada research stations and several Canadian universities, has produced most of Canada’s cereal crop varieties, which are the foundation for our multi-billion dollar grain industry. Read more
NFU says farmers bear enormous costs from Ritz’s failure to plan
(March 10, 2014 - Saskatoon, SK) – Although grain movement has been down since the beginning of November, 2013, Minister Ritz and Minister Raitt announced that railways would be required to double the grain volumes currently being shipped just as those companies were ready to gear up anyway. Ian McCreary, former CWB director and National Farmers Union (NFU) member, asked “Why now? Why wait four months to announce concrete actions that could have been taken much earlier?“ The railways will have four weeks to ramp up to ship a combined total of 1,000,000 metric tonnes a week or be penalized up to $100,000 per day for non-compliance. McCreary describes the problems with grain transportation as a big picture issue. Read more
Op Ed – Backlog in Grain is Connected to Backlog in Democracy
by Jan SlompBelieve it or not, there is a relationship between the backlog in prairie grain and the “Fair Elections Act.” Here’s how.As prairie farmers wait anxiously for the backlog in grain transportation to be resolved and for prices that at least cover cost of production, Minister Ritz and friends continue to meet with devotion in the sanctuary of “free-dumb.” Farmers on the prairies can no longer afford these bizarre ideas from Ritz and Co. Read more
Grain Farmers Paying the Price for Post-Single Desk Logistics Failure
<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span(<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanFebruary 5, 2014, </strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanSaskatoon) </strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span-Farmers should not expect prices to go up, or more grain to be moved, anytime soon, as Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz is only calling for more numbers, reports and discussions among railways, elevator companies and grain companies while farmers’ costs mount and prices tank as a result of Canada’s wrecked grain transportation system. Read more
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