Ashton Puts Forward Motion Asking for Farmer Vote on the Wheat Board
October 25th, 2011 - 4:35pm
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OTTAWA - Today, Niki Ashton MP (Churchill) put forward an Opposition Motion asking for the Government to put the future of the Wheat Board to a vote by Farmers.
"This Government is playing the politics of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The Minister is on record in March as saying that he will respect a farmers' right to a vote - what has changed?" asked Ashton.
The Opposition Day Motion outlines that the debate to dismantle the single desk be put aside and that a vote be held by prairie farmers who are permit holders to decide.
NDP Members of Parliament pointed to the recent plebiscite indicating that a majority of farmers support the single desk. They have also pointed to section 47.1 of the Canadian Wheat Board Act that states that farmers should have a say in the restructuring of the marketing system.
"This is about farmers deciding their destiny. It’s about the West being heard. Why is the Government so afraid to allow farmers the vote?" asked Ashton.