Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

February 23, 2007 12:11 ET

AAFC: Minister Strahl Assures Barley Ballot is a Secret Vote

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Feb. 23, 2007) - The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, today issued the following statement to reassure producers that the barley plebiscite currently underway is secret and urged them to vote.

"As the voting period progresses, the scare tactics from pro-monopoly supporters are mounting and are intended to dissuade producers from having their voices heard.

"KPMG, as election coordinator, is managing the plebiscite process and will provide the Government with the tabulated results. I want to reassure producers that this is a secret ballot and that no one from the Government will see the votes or have access to the information.

"KPMG addresses the question of voter confidentiality clearly and explicitly on the 2007 official plebiscite information centre at It states that in accordance with the applicable privacy laws, all records will be confidential and used only for purposes of the vote.

"We are now halfway through the voting process. I encourage all eligible barley producers to participate in this plebiscite by taking the time to fill out their declaration form and ballot and choose how they want to market their grain.

"I want to be clear that this plebiscite is open to all barley producers in the Canadian Wheat Board designated area, who have produced barley in at least one of the past 5 years and produced grain in 2006, including those who have grown barley for use on their own farm as feed or seed, or sold their product to a feedlot, or to the CWB.

"If you believe you are eligible to vote and have not yet received a voter package, I encourage you to contact the election coordinator before March 2 at 1-888-3BARLEY (1-888-322-7539) or at to make arrangements to have a package mailed to you."

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    Minister Strahl's Office
    Jeff Howard
    Press Secretary