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Saturday, November 18, 2006 

Sask NDP Convention Unanimously Passes Wheat Board Resolution

Delegates to the annual convention of Saskatchewan New Democrats meeting in Saskatoon, unanimously passed a resolution in support of the Canadian Wheat Board. Prior to the vote, a special presentation was delivered to delegates on the historical benefit to farmers of single desk marketing in Canada.

Here is the text of the resolution:

Whereas the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) returns hundreds of millions of dollars over and above what the grain trade would return to producers if the CWB was gone;

Whereas any change to the inclusion or exclusion of crops in the CWB require a farmer vote;

Whereas the American government realizes the CWB’s importance to farmers and continues to challenge the CWB legally and continues to lose;

Whereas the CWB provides a strong advocacy role for producers on transportation, grading, farm income and GMO (genetically modified) wheat;

Whereas the CWB is the major commercial users of the Port of Churchill and with the CWB’s demise the port’s future is very undefined;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the 2006 NDP Annual Convention go on record in support of the farmer’s right to have a democratic vote on the issue of single-desk marketing of the Canadian Wheat Board and the retention of the monopoly powers for wheat and barley under the Canadian Wheat Board.

CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
November 18, 2006


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