Wednesday, July 6, 2011

"Because you have the right to be asked"

... Except that you don't have the right to tell your neighbour what he or she can do with their grain, just like your neighbour has no right to tell you what you can do with yours.

Let's put the CWB issue into perspective - if they have the right to tell you who you can or cannot sell your wheat and barley to, do they then have the right to tell you who you can sell your canola, peas, lentils, mustard or oats?  Can they then tell you that you MUST seed a certain number of acres of any single crop that you won't normally seed?  Can they then tell you that you aren't allowed to seed any crops at all?

I know this is a slippery slope argument, but this issue isn't about the freedom of farmers to pool their grains together to get the best price.  This issue is about the freedom for some farmers to vote with their feet but to still produce a crop which is by far easier and less cost intensive to sow and harvest.  Nobody is saying that the CWB can't continue after August 2012, they're just saying that the CWB doesn't have the right to force only Western Canadian wheat and barley farmers to sell to one entity.  They're saying that the CWB must compete for your business, not take it for granted.  The ending of the monopoly will eventually have ancillary benefits by reducing the red tape involved in setting up manufacturing facilities in Western Canada to process the grain that is produced here, and it allows producers to sell their grains to those facilities without having to pay to haul it to the coast, even though the grain is going nowhere near the coast.

CWB proponents may think that they have the right to choose whether the monopoly should stay or go, but in the end, if even 1 producer votes to get rid of it, then it should be gone.  Nobody should be forced to sell to someone they don't want to.

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