Agriculture and Forestry (December 6, 2011)
Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz defended the government’s controversial bill to end the Canadian Wheat Board’s marketing monopoly over the sale of all western Canadian wheat and barley. Bill C-18 intends to end the CWB’s 68-year-old monopoly as of August 1, 2012. Deputy Minister John Knubley and Assistant Deputy Minister Greg Meredith also testified.
Richard Phillips, executive director of the Grain Growers of Canada, Gordon Bacon, CEO of Pulse Canada, and Murdoch MacKay, commissioner of the Canadian Grain Commission, then responded to questions about who would gain or lose market power and the effect of the bill.
Former CWB director Jim Chatenay and Alberta farmer John Turcato expressed their support of the bill during the last segment of the meeting.
UPDATE: Bill C-18 received royal assent on December 15.