The Manitoba legislature shows support for CWB
NOV 21 2006 12:00 AM
Two symbolic resolutions on the Canadian Wheat Board were passed by the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba Monday night.
A motion to maintain the board’s single desk passed by a 34-15 margin, with a resolution to hold a farmer plebiscite in Manitoba passing 30-15.
The Opposition Tories voted against both motions. Tory Leader Hugh McFadyen says a plebiscite in Manitoba is pointless because Ottawa is already holding a plebiscite for barley farmers. McFadyen adds a vote on wheat is not necessary because the Federal Government is not planning to make any changes to its single-desk now.
The Doer Government and the opposition Liberals are calling for a plebiscite on both desks immediately. "
One of the main reasons, besides Stephen Harper, the Tories got themselves in this terrible position of being against democracy:
"Before entering political life, Larry Maguire was the owner and operator of Maguire Farms Limited.
He was named mid-Canada's Outstanding Young Farmer in 1986, and received a Certificate of Merit from the Manitoba Agricultural and Food Sciences Grads Association in 1990. Maguire was a President of the Western Canadian Wheat Grower's Association, and served as the Western Manitoba Advisory Representative on the Canadian Wheat Board during the 1990s.
During this period, Maguire was associated with Farmers for Justice (later renamed Farmers for Economic Freedom), a right-wing advocacy group which opposed the Wheat Board."