Harper's Hit on Grain Farmers - 2022-04-23

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F0.png Harper's Hit on Grain Farmers April 23, 2022, The Tyee

For a year the Harper government has been threatening to destroy the power of the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB). Agriculture minister Chuck Strahl (who represents Chilliwack, B.C.) says barley will be removed from the Board's jurisdiction by August 1; a decision on wheat will follow.

In the early 1930s, there was no CWB. Prairie farmers took the price offered by the large grain companies or took their wheat home. Grain sold for a few cents a bushel. Farmers were driven off the land in droves.

In response to pressure and thousands of farmers demanding an end to the unfettered power of the grain giants, R.B. Bennett made a historic radio address referring to "unconscionable monopolistic purchasers" and "economic parasites." He set up the CWB as a single seller of prairie wheat. In the 1940s Mackenzie King extended the Board's power to include oats and barley.

Wikipedia cite:
{{cite news | title = Harper's Hit on Grain Farmers | url = https://thetyee.ca/Views/2007/04/23/Wheatboard/ | work = The Tyee | date = April 23, 2022 | accessdate = August 15, 2022 }}