The Canadian Wheat Board has placed a full page ad in newspapers across the country, condemning the Harper government for dismantling the Canadian Wheat Board.
He first took up this campaign when he was with the National Citizens Coalition, on behalf of Karlheinz Schreiber who was hoping to start a pasta factory in the West. Since then, the attack on the CWB has been on behalf of multinational corporations.
In the ad, the CWB remind us that 62% of wheat farmers want the board kept intact, since its disappearance will mean that small wheat farmers will have to negotiate directly with giant American food conglomerates, and how easy will that be? We know that only corporate farms have the resources to effectively handle that.
This government has no problem exploiting farmers to fulfill the NRA's agenda, but refuses to stand with farmers when they need assistance.By ramming this legislation through Parliament without any debate, Harper hopes he can make the final decision to shift the profits and control of wheat farming from Canadian farmers to multinational corporations from the U.S.
He claims that the Canadian people gave him a mandate to get rid of things like that, but I don't remember seeing any of this on the ballot.
I had an opportunity to work with the local farming community during the Save the Prison Farms campaign, and was so impressed with the lengths they went to, to help the prison community, who learned so much about life by tending to farm animals, growing their own food, and running the daily operations of a farm.
Now that group is taking what they've learned about political activism and applying it to other injustices. What remarkable people.
We need to take a close look at Harper's agenda. You could be next.
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