Sunday, 14 December 2014

Why so Many Canadian Farmers Miss the Wheat Board

The Globe and Mail
An historic row of wooden grain elevators, restored to their past glory in Inglis, Manitoba - for tourists. Larry Powell PinP photo.
Exhilaration soon turned to dismay as farmers tried to capitalize on their good fortune. Canada produces the best wheat in the world, and the 2013 harvest was potentially worth between $6 billion and $9 billion on the open market. But when it came to buying the wheat and delivering it overseas, the privatized marketing chain seemed paralyzed with incompetence. Story here.

3 comments:

PinP said...

This is a very long, in-depth article. But well worth the read.

PinP said...

This is a very long, in-depth article. But it is well worth the read.

John Fefchak said...

This is an excellent rendition of what happened so long ago in the past, to the present future and the dilemmas' that are facing farmers and producers to-day. The History lessons are there…but the government needed a majority and there were others who had little respect for the CWB and the requirements that were put in place by establishing appropriate legislation for the GOOD OF ALL.

As I read Whats-next? -A Farmer owned marketing agency;
I was overcome by a sensation of DeJa Vu of what was conceived in 1919 and established in 1935. to take care of what Mr.Bill Toews was describing in his letter. (Manitoba Co operator 6 Feb 2014 )

Grain Buyers greed, lack of competition in transportation, lack of transparency, etc, etc.

Former Conservative Prime Minister,John Diefenbaker,understood that legislation could be changed and so did Stephen Harper, but not on Diefenbaker's terms. Harper and Ritz not only betrayed the legacy of respect for Western Canadian farmers, they also showed total disregard for current producer opinion and democracy.
Which bring us to the present situation,where voices are being heard that things are not, as was predicted to be.
Will a new Phoenix be fostered and arise from the ashes of the former Canadian Wheat Board, or will the Grain Companies become the Masters
and our farmers will be their landlords.?

John Fefchak