Wayne Easter: "Mr. Ritz is Dreaming in Technicolor."

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Earlier this week we spoke to Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz about why he thinks the elimination of the single desk will be beneficial to farmers and why he is so passionate about that position.

Not everyone shares the exuberance Minister Ritz has over the new marketing landscape for wheat in Western Canada. One of those people is P.E.I. Liberal MP and Liberal Party of Canada Ag-Critic Mr. Wayne Easter. He sees a number of problems with the new landscape that he feels will put producers at a disadvantage, especially when it comes to the areas of short line railroads and producer cars.

I spoke to Mr. Easter about his concerns regarding the new system when I reached him at his office in P.E.I..  I had several questions for Mr. Easter:

  • Why do you feel that Gerry Ritz is so mistaken?
  • Why shouldn’t farmers have marketing freedom like they enjoy in all other crops?
  • Can the CWB survive without the single desk?
  • Why is there no value being put on the intellectual capital that the CWB’s staff represents?
  • Would a voluntary pool not work in Western Canada like it does in Ontario?
  • Why is the Ontario example and historical example not applicable in your opinion?

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