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Federal Court upholds Wheat Board Ruling – no unilateral changes allowed.

A nice piece of news on a rather disappointing Budget Day – disappointing for both what was in it (and what was not) and the fact the Nervous Nellies in the Liberal caucus have won the day on not causing an election.

The Federal Court of Appeal has upheld the ruling that said the Conservative government exceeded their power when it tried to strip the Canadian Wheat Board of its barley monopoly unilaterally. If it wants to do that, it must pass a law in Parliament that makes that change. Apparently, Ag. Minister Gerry Ritz is promising to do just that, but no opposition party supports that change.

I suppose they could declare the bill a confidence motion, though that would seem pretty ridiculous over the fate of the Wheat Board. Then again, considering how many Nervous Nellies we have in the Liberal caucus right now, I wouldn’t blame the Cons. for trying that stunt.

If the Cons. DO try that stunt, the Liberals had better not back down on that – it’s publicly known the Liberals have opposed that change to the Wheat Board, and quite publicly. If the Capitulation Caucus/Nervous Nellies run away on this and betray the farmers, I might find it prudent not to renew my Liberal Party membership, till I see some of these folks develop spines and get some principles, and something else other then worrying about if they’ll win the election or get re-elected or not.

12 comments to Federal Court upholds Wheat Board Ruling – no unilateral changes allowed.

  • mushroom

    "Lucky.  My dad was a lawyer.  UCC, Osgoode, QC, Scottish Rite, UEL, Monarchist league… you know the type."
    Anti-racism rallies and stories about Japanese war atrocities were the politics of my dad.  I am Chinese, by the way.  Then came the May 4 movement etc.  Dad voted for Turner and Chretien, always favoured Broadbent over Trudeau.  Returned to his leftist roots when Martin took over.  Splits his vote between the Greens and the NDP.  Wants to see both merge to form a United Left.  Voted for Harris in 1999, due to populist politics.  No regrets, hates liberals with a passion.  Now calls himself a socialist.

    He is also a Catholic with liberation theologian concepts.  So he is also socially conservative on moral issues.  Thinks more like a Cuban and a Venezuelan politically than a Canadian.  I am more democratic and liberal, thus I am with the red crowd rather than with the Green crowd.    

  • "You used to be a Trotskyist, Jen?"

    Much to my father’s chagrin, and not in any serious way – although the further to the right this country goes, the further to the left I seem to swing.

    "I was raised by a dad who subscribed to this ideology."

    Lucky.  My dad was a lawyer.  UCC, Osgoode, QC, Scottish Rite, UEL, Monarchist league… you know the type.  When I told him I’d joined the Liberals he tore his lapel and cried out, "I haf no daughter!"

    I kid.  What he did say was that he’d rather I had joined the NDP.  Which I considered, but after the mess Bob Rae made in Ontario (I know I know, not all his fault) I’m still wary of seeing them in power.

    No, I’m still a Trudeau girl.  That’s the Liberal Party I grew up knowing, that’s the Canada I grew up knowing, and I really would like to see it come again.  In my lifetime, preferably.

    As for Garth, he one great strength as an MP is his accessibility.  So I’m accessing him: learning everything I can, making myself known to his staff, hanging out with the riding association, and looking for ways to involve myself that might, someday, allow me to have some influence.

    It beats shouting at the wind.

  • mushroom

    "Subvert. From. Within."

    You used to be a Trotskyist, Jen?  I was raised by a dad who subscribed to this ideology.  Mind you he came from a resistance family who fought the Japanese during the Second World War.

    "transform it into a briefly shining beacon of North American social democracy."
    The key word is briefly.  Many Grit cadres don’t believe in this anymore.

    "Just don’t tell Garth."

    I don’t pay attention to him anyway.  A maverick who is the David Kilgour of the present Grit caucus.  There are many good Grits on McGuinty’s government that may be more sympathetic to us, losing the referendum on MMP notwithstanding.  This may be our saving consolation.

  • I would say Garth from his public message probably agrees with you (and me) about the Budget.

  • Three words, man:

    Subvert. From. Within.

    Seriously, what are your options?  You can join the NDP and shout from the bleachers while simultaneously propping up the Conservatives in return for sexual favours.  Or you can join the Greens and shout from the bottom of the Hill while you try to pretend you’re not just an environmentally conscious Libertarian.

    Or you can find a street corner somewhere and shout about whatever you like.

    Or you can do what Trudeau did – take a stodgy old party in the pockets of the corporate elite and transform it into a briefly shining beacon of North American social democracy.

    That’s why I paid up.  Wish me luck!  Just don’t tell Garth.

  • mushroom

    "think you could challenge her to write a guest-blogpost on one of the Liblogs blogs explaining why in the world she would support backing down yet again?"

    Better for you to ask Cherniak.  He’s been out with Martha more than I have and has the inside tract to influencing her.  Might as well get him to go after Byron Wilfert, Dion loyalist from the beginning who also supports holding off.

  • janfromthebruce

    Although, I know it is "publicly known the Liberals have opposed that change to the Wheat Board, and quite publicly," it was publicly known that the libs wanted the troops moved from the north of Afghanistan to the south for the PAST YEAR. In fact, they were almost shouting that out, at every mike and to every reporter, and also making it sound that the troops would leave Afghanistan altogether in 2009. Of course, that wasn’t true, but considering the public’s lack of support for continuing the American war of invasion, this misunderstanding was welcome.
    Of course, that was the 4th extension, since 2003, when the libs said the ‘mission would end.’
    So no, I do think the libs would ‘seat on their hands’ and sell out the Western farmers, if the winds of polls weren’t blowing their way. Now that the libs have sold their souls on Kyoto (last budget abstan vote), Afghanistan, the wheat board might be feeling a ‘chill wind in their bones.’

  • Mushroom:

    I got sent my renewal form in the mail the other day. Its sitting on my desk awaiting a decision of mine.

    You’ve run into MHF before, Mushroom.. think you could challenge her to write a guest-blogpost on one of the Liblogs blogs explaining why in the world she would support backing down yet again?

  • Scott , the Tories would be fools not to make it a matter of confidence.  This will send Bob Rae into a panic because "No one in Toronto cares about wheat. We might lose an election if we bring them down over wheat!" Then the Liberals will vote with the government to save Canadians from a "needless" election over wheat and Cherniak will yawn some more. 

  • mushroom

    "I might find it prudent not to renew my Liberal Party membership" Have you paid up for 2008 yet?

  • The libs strategy seems to be to wait until the hand of God comes by and makes things right for an election call. Perhaps the Libs should instead *make* things happen?

  • Not only do I agree with the court’s decision, I have to agree with you as well.  If the Reform party makes this a confidence vote, and the Liberals abstain, then I will lose all respect for the LPC.  At some point, it has to stop being about the polls and start being about common sense and what you believe in.  For now, congratulations to the CWB.  With what they’ve had to endure from Harper and his minions, they’ve shown that they are intelligent, level headed and probably the best thing farmers could have when it comes to standing up to Government, CN Rail, American trade challenges and extreme right wing ideology.  Cheers.

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