CWB - An "Owner's" Perspective
It has been nice to hear our Commander and Chief of the Canadian Wheat Board, Allen Oberg, interviewing again while stomping his feet in regards to change. As a progressive farmer, I am very open to change with respect to removing the single desk system of the Canadian Wheat Board. By doing this I will finally be allowed to sell a product which I have paid to manufacture to a customer of my choice.
I cannot believe the amount of my money which has been wasted on a plebiscite which was totally flawed. I sell over $1million worth of various grain products yearly and was not even allowed to vote on malt barley. The reason for this is that I haven't sold any for 5 years to the CWB. I haven't grown it for 5 years BECAUSE of the CWB and it's marketing, yet some landlord who hasn't grown any malt barley in 30 years gets to vote because he has a name on the permit book of someone who has! This procedure was ridiculous.
Now I hear the CWB is preparing to sue the federal government to try and keep the board intact. I believe that the board members that are signing on for this lawsuit should put their houses and pensions up to pay for the legal bills in case their challenge fails. Why should I be spending more of my money in order to fight something that should have been shelved long ago.
I do not believe that the CWB has done anything but cost me money for the last 4 or 5 years with respect to marketing my wheat. Any marketing program put forth by the Board only creates the illusion of free marketing but is still tied to pool marketing. The system is old and any information that the CWB provides can be found every day on an email that comes to my house or even my cell phone every morning.
I am tired of hearing how “The farmers have spoken” all the while wasting yet more of my money to save a dying antiquated system that only encourages "ostrich" marketing. Allen, and his troop of socialist supporters have in their infinite wisdom, decided to try and save the dinosaur without putting one ounce of effort into trying to survive in a free marketing system.
Our esteemed Allen Oberg has stated many times publicly that the CWB is "farmer owned" and as such, I would like paid out for my percentage of ownership. I no longer wish to be an owner in this flawed corporation that is not willing to accept change and only stomp it's feet like a child who has had it's toy taken away.
Any self-respecting “Owner” of the CWB should feel the same.