Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

October 30, 2006 14:25 ET

AAFC: Minister Strahl Releases Task Force Findings

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 30, 2006) - The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, today released the findings and recommendations of the task force on implementing marketing choice.

"Canada's New Government thanks the members of the task force for putting together such a complete report on how to implement marketing choice so that it benefits all grain farmers in Western Canada," said Minister Strahl. "We will examine its recommendations over the weeks and months ahead, and during that time I look forward to receiving the views of farmers and stakeholder groups."

The task force recommends a four-stage transition from a Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) with monopoly powers to a marketing choice environment: preparing for change, forming the new CWB, launching the transformed CWB with transition measures and post transition.

The task force concluded that a new CWB, owned by farmers, could thrive and create value without monopoly selling powers.

"This is a comprehensive model of how the CWB could thrive in a marketing choice environment," said Minister Strahl. "I will be examining it carefully and I look forward to hearing what Western Canadian grain producers have to say about the ideas put forward by the task force."

For more information on marketing choice or a copy of this report, please visit www.agr.gc.ca/cwb.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa
    Media Relations
    613-759-7972
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    or
    Minister Strahl's office
    Jeff Howard
    Press Secretary
    613-759-1059