Canadian Farmers for Justice Updates

web posted March 1997

Business Says No To Canadian Wheat Board

A just released survey of Western Canada's small business community reveals a very strong consensus on the issue of ending the Canadian Wheat Board's monopoly. Overall, 75 per cent favor a voluntary CWB, while 18 per cent favored the status quo. Sample size was 438.

Question: Do you believe all barley should remain within the CWB single-desk selling system (with the continuing exception of feed barley sold domestically)?

By Prairie Commodity Group

  Total Livestock Crops Mixed Related Sales/Service
Yes 18.6 10.6 21.3 30.7 14.3
No 74.3 78.8 77.2 60.0 76.4
Undecided 6.2 10.6 1.5 9.3 6.4
No Interest 0.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.9

By Prairie Province

  Total Alberta Saskatchewan Manitoba
Yes 18.6 5.3 30.1 18.9
No 74.3 87.5 62.4 74.8
Undecided 6.2 5.9 6.9 5.4
No Interest 0.9 1.3 0.6 0.9

More on the convey across the border...

Last issue we reported that the Farmers for Justice had started organizing a convey across the U.S.-Canada border to illegally sell their grain. They had hoped for 500 farmers to join the convey. They are on their way there with 200 committing to the idea.

On the legality of crossing the border to sell wheat without CWB permission:

"That's the whole idea. We want to get charged."
- John King, CFFJ Spokesman (Manitoba)

As soon as 500 have committed, CFFJ plans on holding the convey. Good luck!

Farmer Chooses Jail Over Fine

Tilston, Manitoba farmer Bill Cairns decided to choose jail over a fine.

Cairns was in a Brandon, Manitoba courthouse after being convicted of illegally shipping grain to the United States without a Canada Wheat Board permit. Cairns was fined $2 000 but refused to pay it and was sentenced to 60 days in jail and is currently in the Brandon Correctional Institute.

Cairns stated in a media release, "More and more farmers like me are willing to challenge the law and accept the consequences. When we stand up to the government and it jails us for what we believe in and are committed to, they no longer have power over us. It is the threat of prison that gives Goodale power. Once we accept the consequences he can no longer intimidate us."

Wife Pat Cairns added, "Even though we have twenty cows ready to calve and eight sows about to farrow, I encouraged Bill to accept the jail term. We simply refuse to be trampled on any more. It's time to stand up and be counted. The government better build more jails. This fight is far from over."

There are fourteen farmers currently weighing their options like Cairns did. You could see fourteen more in jail...for practicing capitalism.

CFFJ Web Site

Last month ESR reported a URL for a CFFJ site, but it has come to my attention that a new URL exists, and one that is easier to remember as well. For background information on the group just go to

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