Letters to the Editor

Fed Ag minister steamrolls over law of the land

Open letter to Hon. Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture, Ottawa:

I write to you regarding your decision to appeal the decision of the judge who ruled that you had broken the law by introducing Bill C-18 that would have dismantled the Canadian Wheat Board.

It is pretty clear that you broke the law under which you were supposed to consult with the Canadian Wheat Board and hold a plebiscite of prairie growers on whether or not they wanted to keep the board. As you know, because of your refusal to hold such a plebiscite, the board conducted its own plebiscite which found that a majority of wheat and barley growers want to keep the CWB

So now you have decided to steamroll ahead anyway and change the law if you can’t get your way. What kind of message does that send to the public? Is your government above the law?

Live with the decision. Obey the law. Don’t be like the little kid who took his soccer ball home in the middle of the game because his team was losing.

Peter Kerr,



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