In a recent web posting someone wrote the following, “No, they do care, but ... unlike the NDP and Liberals, the Conservatives care about Prairie farmers’ rights ... their simple basic rights to market their own grain (wheat and barley) with a ‘choice,’ in the same way we have marketed all the other crops we grow.”
Although everyone is entitled to their opinion, it is hard to read the above without laughing!
If the Conservatives actually cared about farmers’ rights, they would have allowed farmers to vote on the future of the CWB (Canadian Wheat Board), since above all, farmers pay all the operating costs of the CWB.
If the Conservatives actually cared about farmers’ rights, they would have respected the farmers’ elected directors who were running the CWB, instead they threw them out and appointed “monkeys” to follow the government’s wishes.
If the Conservatives actually cared about farmers’ rights, they would not have interfered in the farmer CWB director elections by using taxpayers’ dollars to solicit support for their “dual market candidates.” Where is that dual market now?
If the Conservatives actually cared about farmers’ rights, they would not have confiscated farmers’ assets. Assets the farmers paid for in the CWB such as the hopper cars, the Laker vessels, the building in Winnipeg and the contingency fund, all hard assets worth well more than $400 million! And still they have the gall to say they may sell it back to the farmers or someone else!
It is sad that people are still being political about this issue to the point where the stealing of money is wrapped in political jargon and ideology.
The only choice farmers have now is to sell to the trans-national grain companies and all visions of farmers having any control in their industry are all gone now.
Thanks for the “choice!”
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 12, 2012