It was really quite funny to watch the Minister of Agriculture strut around in front of his flock at the recent Western Canadian Wheat Growers conference. He used his bully pulpit to call the recent court cases, against his government implementing legislation dismantling of the Canadian Wheat Board’s single desk, baseless.
Like too many bullies he first sounded arrogant as he said “we’re still very antagonistic with the eight and the Friends of the Board.” Then he started to sound desperate and almost delusional when he claimed “this is a done deal folks. No one is going to blink at this point and no one is going to change and no one is going to back off. C-18 is the law of the land.”
At least one Federal judge has disagreed. So I’m not sure if he is trying to convince himself, or his boss, Mr. Harper it is a done deal. However, it appears that the Western Grain Elevator Association and even the Western Canadian Wheat Growers are not convinced it is a done deal. They continue to appeal the court rulings and are trying to get intervener status in other cases. Farmers are using their own money to defend our Wheat Board. However, it would appear the Western Grain Elevator Association and Wheat Growers have no end of money and who knows where that is coming from?
For a Minister who was so critical of the CWB spending money on legal cases he now seems to have no hesitancy in watching his shadow groups blow money in supporting his dirty and illegal work.
If it is a done deal why are these groups so interested in participating in court appearances? What are they hoping to gain if it really is a Done Deal?