Producer meeting calls for return of Canadian Wheat Board

A group of producers hopes to reverse a decision made nearly five years ago: the termination of the Canadian Wheat Board’s monopoly on wheat and export barley sales.


A former CWB director and other board supporters met Feb. 10 in Swan River, Man., where more than 50 producers called on the federal government to re-establish the CWB single desk.


“The fact a farm meeting of this size could unanimously pass this resolution is a strong indication to Ottawa that farmers are now feeling the loss of the CWB in their pocketbooks,” said Kyle Korneychuk, who farms near Pelly, Sask., and is the spokesperson for the Canadian Wheat Board Alliance.


In a release, the CWBA said the Conservative government’s decision to eliminate the single desk has cost prairie producers billions in lost revenue, based on a study by University of Saskatchewan agricultural economist Richard Gray.


Ken Sigurdson, a Swan River producer, said when the CWB was in place producers captured 90 percent of the port price.


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“Now without the single-desk farmers are only receiving between 40-60 percent of the port price for their wheat.”


Breaking it down to a region, farmers in Manitoba’s Swan River Valley lost $70 million in the last two years, Sigurdson said.


The decades-long controversy over the CWB and single desk selling came to an end last year, when the federal government finalized the sale of CWB assets.


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  • ed

    With all the money that farmers have been losing, that sentiment to bring back the board will be extremely high among the smartest farmers.

    • Stephen Daniels

      You mean oldest farmers are sentimental bout the CWB and that’s the small minority that live in the past.

      • ed

        Lessons of the past are being re-learned now by some young and old alike. The banks, towns, municipalities, Prairie Provinces, and Federal Governments are watching the loses accumulate on this one and the sabers are starting to rattle as the aggregate negative numbers for primary producers and small businesses are coming in, and being tallied up. It is only a matter of time before necessary but hard decision get made. No complaints are coming in from the grain companies however, as they are announcing unprecedented profits every quarter since Aug. 1st, 2012. That seems strange if there were to be any credibility to what a free market farmer is believing and in a few cases actually publicly claiming. Especially with the price of wheat way down. Drum roll, Sesame Street music. “One of these things isn’t the same!”

        • Harold

          The single desk has been changed to a two seated desk, with a smaller one seated desk beside it for farmers interests,(49.9%) all provided courtesy of Government. With the Saudi and American interests sitting at the larger desk, farmers expect the Government to legislate all three to the single small desk? Im sure the American and Saudi owners would jump at the chance to please Canadian Farmers. Seems the Saudi and Americans have learned from our mistakes and that we have not. I agree with those on both sides of the issue, just not entirely. What we need is two new brands as the old one cannot be re-used. (not with clarity) One brand is a “closed shop” feed Canada first store (FCFS), and the other one is a “open market store” (OMS) for speculation. Guess who runs both? The Stockholders; The Farmers. We like to think that we are smarter than the rest of the world; can we prove it? That would take educated Canadian citizens involvement and not Government, if we at all, learned by mistakes. How are we all doing while trying to over-stuff the bin?

  • Janine de Blois

    I strongly support our Canadian farmers. The Canadian Wheat Board should never have been dismantled.

    • ed

      You are in the majority.

      • Harold

        I disagree. Where you have no Canadians, (35,923,970) you have only Government and Corporations. A lot of grain dough is spent insuring the latter. amongst 18 million is the majority needed for farm support.

        • ed

          Bombardier has not a hope of getting a bail out under that mathematical line of logic. Your out of context math is correct, which is precisely why the Conservatives errored in their decision to remove the board.

    • ed

      I stand corrected. You are among the majority of the Canadian Prairie wheat and barley producers that controlled and worked within the previous CWB single desk. That new and more articulate wording was pointed out to me courtesy of Harold.

      • Harold

        I was trying to point out that until there is 18 million Canadians, there is nothing but Government and corporations. I think you’ve dismissed that power. Government does not change over the corporation unless the will of the people is there first. Government sold CWB and there were no 18 million speaking against it. I’ll say again, a lot of “grain- dough” (profit) was spent insuring little involvement. A board and members is hardly a stronghold. This leads back to my first comment and second. Lastly, I support Canadian Farmers and I want them Canadian owned and profiting exceeding well for their labours. Farmers should be the richest and not the corporate. If asked im sure the real majority would agree. Persona non grata.

  • John Fefchak

    Do you think there was deceit & political treachery involved ?…Heaven forbid!
    http://www.harperindex.ca/ViewArticle.cfm?Ref=00142