Saturday, May 21, 2011

Daily Digest May 21, 2011



Harper's Conservatives here to stay?
Delacourt: Prime Minister Stephen Harper is building a Conservative coalition in Canada that will probably be more enduring than Brian Mulroney's conservatism of the 1980s, according to Ipsos pollster Darrell Bricker. MORE...
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SAMEDI 21 MAI 2011


If you talk the talk should you walk the walk?

Two reasons for the limited content tonight.
not much happening is the firat reason

The second is an an LTE from Gerry Ritz
which I felt compelled to respond to

You may agree or disagree but for me
what he wrote and intends to do are
have absolutely, positively, no relationship.

To: National Media <>
From: Joe Hueglin <>
Subject: Agricultural Minister Gerry Ritz says one thing but does another vis-à-vis the Canadian Wheat Board

Agricultural Minister Gerry Ritz, in the opening paragraph of a Letter to the Editor to the Regina Leader-Post stated "The election mandate we received on May 2 is a vote for staying focused on the economy and a vote for stability." His closing sentence makes the promise "Residents can continue to count on our Conservative MPs to listen to their concerns and get the job done." ("Tory MPs 'delivered', )

He talks fine talk, but he doesn't walk the walk. The majority of  producers served by the Canadian Wheat Board have continually elected an 80% majority of Directors favouring continuation of its single-desk marketing function. This despite The Harper Government's attempts to influence the outcome in favour of a dual marketing system. ( Prairie strong no longer? Harper's renewed attack on the Canadian Wheat Board )

Ritz' fine sounding words are given the lie by planned actions. There is no "stability" in the government introducing legislation this fall with the changes expected to take effect in August 2012, rather than working with the Wheat Board Directors and management to expand  options providing individuals with choices within the system. ("Popularity soars among farmers for CWB market-based options"

The Canadian Wheat Board, as it has evolved under the single desk system, will be no more, overriding the democratically expressed will of producers. The Minister has stated that "Everybody recognizes the complexity of this," that "It's going to take a certain amount of work." and  "At the end of the day, certainly, there's a role for the wheat board to play. We'll have to work out just what exactly what that is." ("Wheat Board monopoly to end in 2012: minister" ). By this  he fully  acknowledges an unknown path is being entered upon, but one to be carried out with rapidity to meet a goal set not by producers but by the beliefs of those now having the power to pass legislation through both the House and the Senate at will..

This question arises: what does this auger in other fields where fix beliefs are held?

Joe Hueglin

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