Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

November 03, 2006 17:37 ET

AAFC: Ministerial Statement Following Parliamentary Vote on the Future of the Canadian Wheat Board

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 3, 2006) - The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, today issued the following statement after Members of Parliament voted on an opposition motion related to the future of the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) and marketing choice for western Canadian wheat and barley.

"We campaigned on the promise of freedom of choice for marketing of wheat and barley and voluntary participation in the CWB. Since forming government, we have taken careful and deliberate steps towards developing a marketing choice environment in consultation with grain producers in Western Canada.

"The November 1st vote stemmed from a recommendation by the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food to hold a plebiscite with the same voters list as a Wheat Board election. The government respects the work of the committee, but we could not support this motion.

"We have promised to implement a system of marketing choice, and we are moving in that direction. As we do so, we will be consulting with producers. To that end, earlier this week, I announced that we intend to hold a plebiscite in the new year on the marketing of barley. I will develop a plebiscite question that is clear and that will be decided on by a broad base of voters. We have not yet made a decision on how best to proceed with respect to wheat. This motion would limit the government's ability to make decisions on this important matter and goes beyond what the Canadian Wheat Board Act requires.

"Canada's New Government will continue to work towards giving producers more power in the marketplace through creation of a marketing choice environment, something they have long deserved."

For information on the new government's path towards marketing choice, please visit www.agr.gc.ca.

Contact Information

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