CWB Road Map Almost Ready

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A road map for transitioning the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) to an open market will be in Agriculture Minister Ritz s hands soon.

An Agriculture and Agri- Food Canada (AFFC) working group set up in July was to submit its report Sept. 15. Ritz had not received it as of Sept. 17, an official in his office said.

Ritz promised to introduce legislation this fall to end the CWB s monopoly Aug. 1, 2012. Presumably the legislation will answer some of the questions regarding the conversion, including what it any support the federal government will provide a post-monopoly wheat board.

The CWB had not been told what assistance it can expect from Ottawa CWB chair Allen Oberg said Sept. 12.

Asked in an email why he hasn t said what support the government will provide, Ritz replied: If Mr. Oberg was truly interested in putting the best interests of farmers ahead of his own and working on the way forward, the CWB would have accepted the offer to co-chair the AAFC working group.

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