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A giant step forward - April 13, 1998
By Kevin Avram
In a civic sense, almost every moral infraction you can think of is a crime against property. And, almost every situation in the Criminal Code concerns both property and morality. Even crimes like slander are about property and morality. Slander is the destruction of a credible and truthful reputation. A reputation is the property of its owner. To destroy it is to steal it a moral infraction. Likewise, theft, fraud, robbery, and forgery are crimes against property. These are serious offences as it is the sanctity of property which defines free societies. If an individuals property can not be protected from unwanted confiscation by another including inappropriate or uncalled for government action what is the basis of society? If there can be no property rights, the aggressive and ambitious among us have no option but to pursue raw political power the ability to control others.
Property rights have value for more than economic reasons. The right to own and enjoy property is the basis of moral independence. Morality obviously extends beyond the reach of property including character, fidelity, truthfulness, etc., but in the same way that those of us on the earth can enjoy life only because the sun is constantly shining on our planet, so it is with property rights and morality. They are inextricably intertwined. Societies which are the most immoral are those which have the least regard for property.
What can we say then about a piece of federal legislation that is designed to deliberately and systematically withhold the legitimate property rights of grain farmers? Bill C-4, the federal governments new Wheat Board Act, is now in the Senate. As the Bill passes through what remains of the political process, its evident to anyone who cares to reflect on which way the wind is blowing that the ever-growing opposition to the CWB monopoly is not going to go away. An enormous number of western grain growers want back the legitimate right to their own property a right the government suspended under the provisions of the War Measures Act during World War II. As far as these farmers are concerned, the war is over and the grain they grow is theirs. They claim the ethical and moral right to do with it what they want including selling it wherever, whenever, and to whomever they want.
Rumour has it that Wheat Board Minister Ralph Goodale believes that once C-4 is passed, the debate over a monopoly versus a voluntary wheat board will be over that the controversy will die away. Hes never been more wrong. What is actually about to happen, is that Goodale will be entering into a new phase of the same battle. This time hell have less maneuverability. Think about it: Bill C-4 is Goodales last line of defence against the ground swell of opposition to the governments grain monopoly. Once passed, he has absolutely nowhere to go no options. He has nothing left in his political arsenal to throw back at the thousands of growers who want out of the mandatory government scheme.
Scientists tell us that earthquakes happen when two plates of the earths crust push against each other with such force that they no longer have any capacity to bend or absorb pressure. With the passage of Bill C-4, movement on the part of Ralph Goodale and the forces that support the retention of the CWB monopoly have ceased to move. No more bend is available. Their line in the sand is drawn. This means that if the various forces which are calling for an end to the compulsory CWB monopoly keep pushing as hard as they have been, the scientific basis for a genuine, real-life earthquake, has been put in place.
For those who defend and promote the right to own and enjoy property, that is a giant step forward.
Kevin Avram is Chairman of the Advisory Board with the Prairie Centre/Centre for Prairie Agriculture, Inc. Where Do We Go From Here is a feature service of the Prairie Centre.
CWB and free market not synonymous, says Alberta's agriculture
Cattle and barley groups oppose Bill C-4
The Canadian Cattlemen's Association and the Western Barley Growers' Association have joined forces to seek changes to the Canadian Wheat Board. Both groups favor a free and open market with the United States for feed grains and say the proposed amendments to the CWB Act in Bill C-4 could be disruptive to the cash market for feed grains.
The CCA fears that by limiting the marketing choices of farmers the government will undermine the confidence needed in barley production to support a healthy livestock sector. Conversely, the barley growers say the CWB pricing signals, such as the Pool Return Outlook released last month estimating barley at 61 cents a bushel, are telling producers not to grow barley at all.
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