Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

February 29, 2008 16:55 ET

Government of Canada Set to Introduce Amendments to CWB Act

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 29, 2008) - The Government of Canada is committed to giving Western Canadian barley producers marketing freedom and today announced an Act to amend the Canadian Wheat Board Act and chapter 17 of the Statutes of Canada, 1998, will be introduced in the House of Commons early next week. The announcement was made by the Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board.

"This Government listens to farmers. That is why we are taking action to give Western Canadian barley producers the same marketing freedom producers in the rest of the country already enjoy," said Minister Ritz. "This bill will deliver on our Throne Speech commitment and will bring barley marketing freedom to the strong and growing majority of producers who are demanding it."

"Western Canadian barley producers are best qualified to make their own marketing decisions," added Minister Ritz. "This Government's new legislation will give Western Canadian producers the freedom to make those barley marketing choices."

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    613-759-7972
    1-866-345-7972
    or
    The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    Margaux Stastny
    Press Secretary
    613-759-1059