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Angry 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.

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I find it interesting at all the rallies you see signs in the background that say "CWB. OUR BOARD OUR BUSINESS".

Well, take it a step further. MY GRAIN, MAY BUSINESS.


I would like to sell my share(s) as well! Who's buying???


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I found it interesting that the opposition member try to get the 7 MPs who farm or are tied to farming to not be allowed to vote on this issue stating "its a conflict of interest because it could be financially beneficial to them to have the cwb removed". So it would seems he is admitting removal of the board would benefit farmers makes you wonder why he wasn't asked if it would benefit farmers why is he against it?
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I agree with all above posts, I to would like to sell my share of this business. I'm thinking there aren't to many buyers...
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i agree with above posts 100% set us free....our wheat our choice!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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With Oberg as the CEO of the CWB, the shares are worth as much as Bre-X stock.

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I would like to launch my own lawsuit against the CWB. Durum prices in the US have been steady at $12 bushel for last few weeks. The Communist Wheat Board may get me $9 to $10/bushel after deductions. (could be more-could be less, world markets blah blah blah) $2 to $3/ bushel in lost revenue out of my pocket. If I could recieve $12/bushel right now cash in hand I would sell every bushel of durum on the farm. Currently shipping out durum and every load that leaves the yard is $4800 in potential lost revenue for me, what a disgrace. Now the CWB is fighting the Government with my lost revenue.............Pinheads.
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Oh, goody yet more lawyers getting rich!

For Immediate Release October 27, 2011
Wheat Growers to launch legal action against the CWB
The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association has today instructed lawyers to commence legal
action against the Canadian Wheat Board and eight of its directors for their misuse of farmers’ money.
“We have been contemplating legal action against the CWB for quite some time now,” says Kevin
Bender, President of the Wheat Growers. “The CWB’s decision to file a legal action against the federal
Minister of Agriculture was the tipping point. We cannot stand idly by and watch the CWB directors
continue to misuse our money.”
The Wheat Growers have instructed a reputable law firm to pursue an injunction and all available
measures necessary to stop the CWB from misusing farmer funds for political purposes, including the
legal action launched yesterday by the CWB.
“The CWB and its board of directors have a duty to safeguard monies received from the sale of grain,”
says Gerrid Gust, Chair of the Wheat Growers. “This is not their personal slush fund. They have no right
to use farmers’ funds to advance a political agenda.”
Gust continues, “If certain CWB directors wish to take legal action against the federal government they
should have to reach into their own pocket. They should not be allowed to reach into mine.”
The formal application to the courts is expected to be filed early next week.
“The Wheat Growers are looking forward to an open market for wheat and barley,” says Bender. “By
taking this action, we hope to prevent the CWB from wasting our money and standing in the way of
legislation that will give us the freedom to sell our own grain.”
For further comment, please contact:
Kevin Bender Gerrid Gust
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It's getting western.
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“If certain CWB directors wish to take legal action against the federal government they
should have to reach into their own pocket. They should not be allowed to reach into mine.”


So very true. WCWGA members are footing the bill for this legal action, not every wheat or barley farmer in Western Canada. So, if you aren't a member already...


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