Defend us, premier

I just recently heard premier Brad Wall’s radio ad, in which he states that he is the person to look to, to stand up for the people of Saskatchewan. Wall mentioned his admirable, albeit 11th hour, stand on potash as an example.

Shortly thereafter, I heard a report of the Wall government’s support of (federal agriculture minister) Gerry Ritz’s plan to change the Canadian Wheat Board Act.

I challenge Wall to live up to his radio promise and stand up for his people.

The federal government, driven on by (prime minister) Stephen Harper, is trying to destroy the CWB for purely ideological reasons.

There is no economic reason to end the CWB. Credible, unbiased economists from prairie universities put the value of the CWB in the neighbourhood of $1 billion generated for farmers, per year. Anti-board economic studies, in contrast, have been soundly discredited.

There is no democratic reason to end the CWB. The regular producer elections always elect a majority of pro-single desk candidates to the CWB’s board of directors. Only a scant 31 votes prevented a clean sweep last round.

There is a majority of board supporters, even among the farmers who voted Conservative in the last election.

Farmers already control the CWB and can do with it whatever they wish. To say that it must be changed by 166 federal MPs to accommodate the majority of farmers’ wishes is a lie.

There is no issue of rights. If the vote of the majority of producers must be overwritten to allow the choice of the minority, then all citizens would be free not to wear a seatbelt or be free to drive their private vehicle in any manner they “reasonably” demanded on public roads.

The freedom argument is a moot point in any case, since farmers have a number of Producer Payment Options to take advantage of. …

The forced Conservative “choice” means the end of the CWB and all of its benefits. To say it can exist in a privately controlled market is ridiculous.

We know this logically because the single desk price advantage of the board will be gone, and competitors with infrastructure in the system will put the grain handling interests of their own shareholders ahead of those of the CWB. …

Again, I challenge you Mr. Premier, on economic, democratic, and moral grounds, to stand up for your citizens and help us to defend our CWB.

Glenn Tait,Meota, Sask.

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