Canadian Farmers for Justice Updates
web posted October 1997
Creighton leaves as CFFJ advisor
Dan Creighton, who has served the Canadian Farmers for Justice for two years as a key advisor both in and out of court, has left the group to pursue other matters.
Creighton's service to the group and economic freedom was invaluable and he will be sorely missed. Good luck to Dan in his future endeavors!
NCC takes wheat battle to Ottawa
For the first time ever, The National Citizens' Coalition took its media campaign opposing Wheat Board corruption to Ottawa.
"Our plan is to run a radio ad blitz in the West where Goodale lives and in Ottawa where he works," says NCC president David Somerville. "One way or another he will get the message." The NCC's radio blitz, which begin on September 22, attacks Goodale's plan to require the wheat board to pay the fines of any of its employees convicted of crimes committed on behalf of the board.
The ads make the point that a number of Canadian corporations have signed
an International Code of Ethics which pledge them not to engage in bribery
or other corrupt practices.
"It's crazy," says Somerville. "Goodale should be forcing the wheat board to ban corrupt practices, not encourage them." Somerville also notes that the CWB conducts multi-billion dollar deals in total secrecy with third world countries and that the board isn't even subject to the scrutiny of either the Access to Information Act or the Auditor General.
"What is Goodale trying to hide?" asks Somerville.
The radio ads will run in Ottawa, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
Feds introduce changes to CWB Act
The federal government introduced changes to the Canadian Wheat Board Act in late September which it says will make the agency more accountable to farmers. The amendments do nothing to end the board's monopoly on grain sales.
"(The bill) will provide more democracy, more accountability . . . and more producer control over the Canadian Wheat Board's present and future mandate than has ever existed before in the last half century," said Ralph Goodale, the minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board.
Under the proposed amendments, for the first time, the wheat board will be run by a board of directors. There will be 15 directors in total, and 10 of them will be elected directly by Prairie farmers. The remaining five, including the president, will be appointed by the government.
Goodale's new legislation was immediately attacked by the Western Canadian
Wheat Growers Association and by Reform Party MPs.
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