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Submission to Farmers Independent Weekly by Eduard Hiebert as CWB
As a candidate in CWB District 10, I believe in the long-standing
cooperative principle of equity, were rules must be applied equally
to all, rich and poor, without prejudice, including one person, one
By contrast, the private corporate sector sings "one dollar,
one vote" and the "go along gang " echo "one
bushel" or "one acre". Too many of the people
we elected to the Pools would "go along to get along".
Now all we have left is the Canadian Wheat Board.
I will support initiatives, which improve the single desk selling
and orderly marketing powers of the CWB. My career is farming,
so I will not go along with changes that hurt farmers' returns just
to get along to a new career.
And let's remember, through the CWB we have REAL choices. The
new marketing options increase choices without undercutting the
CWB's list price and harming the rest of us. There is
room for improvement!
In a "dual market" the CWB would be just another grain
broker with no elevators. It is a lie to say the CWB
"buys" our grain. It really is our sales department
without the middlemen taking cuts and demanding a return on
investment. In the private trade a "million dollar
rain" means a rain of money for short sellers, at the expense
Even though all of the multi-national agri-business giant
corporations dwarf the CWB; the CWB brings more net foreign currency
into Canada than any other single business AND all but a small
percentage of this money is returned directly as cash to farmers.
In a world controlled ever more by giant corporations, some of which
are larger than democratically run countries, the CWB system,
because it returns so much money to the local economy from the
corporately dominated marketplace, the CWB is under WTO attack.
Through vigilance, it is ours to keep; or to loose by simply taking
it for granted or letting others stand alone to defend our common
interests as farmers.
If elected to the CWB, I would continue my record of advancing and
initiating positive change while exposing and successfully tackling
industry, government, and any other policies that are detrimental to
farmers. I have done so as a farmer and as a private citizen.
My track record of speaking truth to power, kindly but firmly,
advancing the common good, even on unpopular issues sets me apart
from all the other candidates. I will not "go along to get
along" with powerful forces and thereby sell out farmers
interests. I believe my record shows voters that I am the clear
choice for responsibly delivering stewardship of the CWB powers in
the interests "of, by and for" the farmer.
These are hard farming times (BSE, wide canola basis, high Fusarium
discount until the CWB started a special program...). To
support the trans-national agri-business giants' soaring profit
levels, their first order of business is to buy ever lower from
farmers and sell ever higher to consumers. No farmer need be
"a rocket scientist" or "trade analyst" to see
why these corporations cry the CWB is a "trade irritant."
Too many government and farmer leaders, including CWB candidates,
are willing to trade the CWB farmer advantage away at the WTO, by
going along with the lie that the CWB is "trade
distorting". Everyone who has an ounce of credibility
concedes that the CWB is not a subsidy, but gets farmers premium
prices from the market place. If that is trade distorting, I
want more of it!
Unfortunately, and I say this respectfully, the powerful advantage
of the CWB preferential ballot system is still poorly understood
among too many. If you only vote for one pro-CWB candidate who
loses, your ballot quits counting, thereby risking the CWB's future.
I have encouraged Butch, Bill and Chuck as a matter of good public
policy to advocate voting 1, 2, 3 for the three of us, but so far,
deplorably and regrettably, all three have refused. Please
encourage them to do the right thing.
Fortunately, the power of the preferential ballot rests with each
voter, who may vote for me as their most committed, able and
dependable first choice candidate without in any way risking that
your second choice of Bill or Chuck would then also lose, should I
not be elected! It is as simple as 1, 2, 3.
Please make every vote count and if elected, then together we will
also address further much needed CWB electoral reform so, we can say
every legitimate vote is counted and only those persons who sell
grain through the CWB have the vote.
I would like to thank the FIW in allowing me my say in my words.
No other media is as gracious. And among those that advance a
"dual" market and "choice", interestingly,
almost none of them provide choice, only one side of the story!
My thanks to the FIW!