|The following letter was submitted
bases the Cooperator's invitation to submit a letter
November 1, 2004 A.D.
Dear Manitoba Cooperator Editor:
As a candidate for CWB Director in District 10, I
want to thank the Cooperator for its policy of inviting letters from
all the candidates, not just those in line with editorial policy.
I commend the Cooperator for this renewed vision of fairness and
If elected to the CWB I would continue my record
of 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, even on unpopular issues
sets me apart from all the other candidates. I will not
"go along to get along." 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". They all concede the
CWB gets farmers premium prices. If that is trade distorting,
I want more of it!
Finally, the CWB preferential ballot system allows
farmers to rank all candidates beginning with the most able to
defend farmers interests and least likely to "to go along to
get along" (with these politicians and corporations)
without risking vote splitting!