Saturday, November 10, 2007

Wall govt. to opt out of Wheat Board court case.

This not surprising. The Conservatives are out to dismantle the Wheat Board. What is surprising is that Calvert did not even mention the Wheat Board in the campaign or he certainly never made it an issue. The NDP seems to have no strategy to try to regain support in rural areas except the north.

New Sask. government to opt out of wheat board wranglings
Last Updated: Friday, November 9, 2007 | 9:38 AM CT
The Canadian Press
The battle over the future of the Canadian Wheat Board has taken another turn with the election of a new government in Saskatchewan.

Premier-designate Brad Wall says his government won't pursue intervener status in the legal wrangling between Ottawa, the board and the Friends of the Canadian Wheat Board.

At issue is the federal government's plan to eliminate the board's western barley marketing monopoly.

The previous NDP government had supported the court action, arguing that the federal government does not have the legal authority to make the change.

But Wall says he'll opt out because the Saskatchewan Party supports choice.

Bill Woods, a barley producer and member of the Friends of the Canadian Wheat Board, is disappointed with the move.

Woods says it "pulls the rug out" from under the group, but adds it doesn't change the fact that board supporters believe they are right

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