Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Daily Digest August 10, 2011



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What direction would you have Canada take in Libya?

Canadian military, diplomatic goals in Libya don't match up

From: "Brian D. Marlatt"
Subject: Was softwood lumber deal a gift so Harper government could be more pro-American? | Embassy - Canada's Foreign Policy Newspaper

From: The Natroses

Well Joe, there is an old saying about unwelcome guests, but is there a saying about welcomed guests who become demanding pests, clearly abusing the established traditions of the host? If not, there should be. About Harper and it should be prudent for provinces to look again on their traditions on serving lobster and other goodies in exchange for a goodie or two, and start to serve the cheapest hotdogs and buns, boil the s- - t out of them, and put them on a paper plate. If he should complain, the standard line it is what we can afford.
"Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper put Brazilian diplomats in a difficult (embarrassing) position this Monday, demanding a change in the Brazilian diplomatic protocol and only accepted to come out for lunch after his request had been accepted.

The official speeches and toasts can take place before or after lunch. Dilma (Rouseff, Brazil's president) prefers to have these after lunch, so this is what is being done during her presidency. But Harper was adamant that it should take place before lunch. He did not explain why.
Harper had already irked Dilma's advisors and diplomats when he announced that he wished to speak to journalists at the Palacio do Planalto (the Presidential Palace) when the protocol is generally that foreign dignitaries talk to the press at the Itamaraty (the Foreign Affairs palace).
Since Brazilian diplomats denied his request to speak to the press at the Presidential palace, Harper was already in a bad mood when he arrived for lunch. He demanded the shift in protocol at the lunch event, and locked himself in the private bathroom of ministro Antonio Patriota (Brazil's Foreign Affairs Minister) while he waited for a reply.
Brazilian diplomats were taken aback and did not know what to do – if they should listen to Dilma's request or to Harper. Harper arrived at the room (in the Foreign Affairs ministry) where the lunch was taking place only when Brazilian diplomats confirmed that the speeches and toasts would take place before lunch, as he had demanded."

Hi again - Another weird response from a Cabinet minister - "Now Kenney has sent Amnesty an absolutely extraordinary response
"Your calls for more time, more process, more deference and more protection for war criminals and serious human rights violators, by contrast, come across as self-congratulatory moral preening. I have listened to your concerns, and, frankly, I prefer the common sense of the people and the law."
Here is the letter, and he seems quite proud of his stonewalling, and how skirting around the international laws is justified because the public wants it. Anymore of this nonsense from politicians is another fine example of ignoring final outcomes, where protests and riots is a result. England being a perfect example, where the costs are always socialized and accountability as well.

From: Mahmood Elahi
Subject: The fanatics of capitalism
The Editor
The Globe and Mail, Toronto
Copy to: Prof. Michael Spence, Stern School of Buisness, New York University.

The fanatics of capitalism

Re "Stagnant policy, sluggish recovery," by Michael Spence and "Ottawa can't ride to the rescue this times," by John Ibbitson (Aug. 9).
POPE Pius XI once remarked: 'Totalitarian communism and unregulated capitalism are united in their satanic optimism.' The 'satanic optimism' of totalitarian communism stems from the belief that exploitation of man by man can only be eliminated by public ownership of all means of production. The 'satanic optimism' of unregulated capitalism stems from the belief that peace and prosperity can only be achieved through unrestricted self-regulatory market forces. The collapse of the Soviet Union shows that the former is wrong. The collapse of such iconic capitalist organizations as Enron, AIG, Bank of America and others shows that the latter is also wrong.

Today's U.S.  debt crisis stems from the opposition of the Tea Party zealots to raise taxes. They are the last proponents of unregulated capitalism and they pose a great threat to the American democracy because their of fanaticism.  The Tea Party members also fail to realize that today's debt crisis is also a revenue crisis and their opposition to raise taxes on the wealthy resembles the Maoists' opposition to any liberalization of the economy. In their opposition to roll back former president George W Bush's tax cut for the wealthy, they left the US Treasury empty and it cannot pay its bills.

The Tea Party members may be reminded that President Bill Clinton balanced the budget by raising taxes on the wealthy. When Clinton entered the White House, his first act was to raise taxes on the rich­earning more than $250,000 a year­to stem a runaway budget deficit. Clinton's tax-hikes on the rich, denounced by Republicans as 'a passport to recession', balanced the budget, produced a surplus and triggered the longest economic boom in recent history. His successor, George W Bush, squandered the surplus by his massive $1.67 trillion tax cut. To restore fiscal health, the United States must roll back Bush's huge tax cuts for the wealthy. The rich and wealthy in America are sitting on a pile of dollars and they can easily bail out their government by agreeing to pay a higher rate of taxes. But Tea Party fanatics will not let them do it. As for Canada, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who wants tto cut corporate taxes, must realize that with a debt of $400 billion and a growing deficit, it is not the time to cut taxes. Tax cut will only depelete the treasury and Ottawa will be further stymied to provide any stimulus if recession returns.

Mahmood Elahi

From: John Duddy
Subject: Fwd: "Last Man Out" - Shocking Disclosure
Cc: "Lee - M.P.Richardson" <>, Bob Rae <>,, Elaine Hughes <>, Senator Grant Mitchell <>,
To:, Joe Hueglin <>

Dear Prime Minister and MP Lee Richardson.

Please add this to the information I delivered and emailed to you and many other MPs and senators in the past nine years.

 "Last Man Out" Makes Shocking 9/11 Disclosure

"There was a huge explosion in the basement­several seconds before the plane hit the tower!"

From: Rory Koopmans
Subject: Executive Dissertations: Thoughts From The Wise Men

From: Robert Ede
Subject: Flaherty blowing smoke? Yes but here's the fire & the extinguisher (swap debt for equity)

Dear TorStar,

Thank you for: Is Flaherty blowing smoke in the face of looming disaster?

Short answer: Yes, he's way over his head and Harper's head and dear ol' Paul Martin Jr's head and all the talking-heads on TV.
Longer answer: Everybody is "blowing smoke".
The Problem is "the money" - the trade-able/exchangeable entity that comprises the world's "sovereign debt", and .... no one is addressing this root problem.
The solutions (raise this vs. cut that) that everyone is throwing around in the EU, USA are "fiscal" ie the ebb and flow of "money" into and out of the operating statements of governments. Plus of course they are discussing issuing more at-interest debt on more-favourable terms to countries/banks that cannot possibly repay the old terms (nor pay the new terms either unless everything works out perfectly & optimally).
Here's the Nub
-- All countries that are teetering (or are close) have "borrowed" to finance current expenditure (risky unless temporary) and capital expenditures (normal and prudent), the problem is that the borrowing was done without a repayment plan.
Mortgages get repaid with blended monthly payments on a principal retirement schedule.
Churches and other institutions (and Saskatchewan & New Brunswick I think) often establish "sinking funds" - where a line-item every year is a set-aside or payment towards principal.
The at-interest Bonds that Canada, USA et al,  have issued in exchange for "more funds" from the Banks, have no repayment schedule/plan/program - the concept so far has been to pay interest-only and just "roll-over" the full amount of maturing bonds for "new ones" at the then most-advantageous, current rate and time-term.
The Canada, as an example) has borrowed so much$$$ in deficit years, and rolled-over so many bond$$$ representing money that was spent:
- 1) on consumed items (healthcare, war, payments to govts, agencies & voter-segments, salaries, paperclips etc)
and on
- 2) now-nearly consumed items (that now-need repair and/or replacement) like bridges, roads, airports, etc (+ of course  'stimulus-style' hockey arenas, patronage make-work projects etc) that just about every nickel of debt-principal is accrued interest plus the interest on interest from +40yrs of 'kicking the can down the road".
So, what all countries must do (and Canada is ideally able to do this because of it's Crown-ownership structure) is re-finance their at-interest bonds(debt instruments) on maturity, with "equity" financing.
The equity-holders will demand a security/collateral for their investment and demand a periodic dividend plus the assurance that they will be repaid their investment principal in the future.
These important aspects can be unfurled once the 'concept' is accepted.
It's the only workable solution, unless you opt for OneWorld Currency -at that's out.
Again this is emminently do-able in Canada because of our Sovereignty system - other countries won't have the same collateral.
The first step is to "upload" all the municipal & provincial debts to the General/Confederal Level (this will ease these lower order budget deficits tremendously) - this was done at Confederation 1867 and the formula that worked then, can work now.
See Section VIII of BNA/Constitution Act 1867
Robert Ede,

From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject:  too vile for words.  This is democracy and humanitarianism?

NATO Kills 85 Civilians In Libya Video
Video shows outrage to the massacre of 85 civilians by NATO

 How much more evil can we become?  We get upset and ourtaged when a few protesters smash store windows and burn police cars but have no concept of how we are allowing our governments to perpetrate this death and destruction on innocent people in our name, with no accountability, except some smarmy words about saving humanity.  I guess the men, women and children we have murdered were not 'humanity'?  Who made our governments the arbiters of those decisions?  And we are only worried about the stock markets and the failure of such and the impact that will have on our lives.  These poor people are being killed to make the military/industrial complex richer, and we mean no more to our governments than these poor people do.  Don't worry, our turn is coming.

Subject:  word of Libyan government in the massacre of NATO against the people of Zliten 09/08/2011

Subject: Libyans now have no water--will we send some to them or watch them die?
Libyans under the NATO Onslaught - Aug 9

Subject: Iraq haunts plans for post-Gaddafi Libya ...WESTERN governments have helped prepare a blueprint for a post-Gaddafi Libya...
Iraq haunts plans for post-Gaddafi Libya
The authors of the report also believe the escalation of NATO attacks to an "unbearable" level is a strong possibility....
In the event of Gaddafi being killed or deposed, "strategic communications" planning suggests the NTC and its Western backers would be prepared to negotiate with his sons or what are described as "regime captains"....

Secret memos expose link between oil firms and invasion of Iraq
Five months before the March 2003 invasion, Baroness Symons, then the Trade Minister, told BP that the Government believed British energy firms should be given a share of Iraq's enormous oil and gas reserves as a reward for Tony Blair's military commitment to US plans for regime change. ...

Subject:  [video] NATO Humanitarian Intervention To Support UK Rebels! (SATIRE)

NATO Humanitarian Intervention To Support UK Rebels! (SATIRE)

Subject:: just had to ask
When will NATO recognize the protesters in England as the government of GB?

That "Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander" is a myth
From: The Natroses
Subject: Re: Daily Digest August 9, 2011

Hi Joe, Welcome back, and DD was missed. In the past few weeks, I collected articles here and there based on unfairness, of policies meeting at the intersection of final outcomes. Unknown to me was the near future, of the stock market, politicians mewings, and the puzzled faces who should know better to justified poor policies, while they are holding bags of money in one hand, and a pair of scissors in the other.
" Declared unfit to stand trial on minor charges, a middle-aged woman sent for a psychiatric assessment spent two weeks in police lockup and prison cells before being admitted to a mental health facility on Tuesday.

Her case, police say, is sadly typical of how the legal and mental-health systems are failing and jailing the mentally ill. A chronic shortage of space in the mental-health system has prompted judges in Ontario to use legal force to push patients on facilities with nowhere to house them. Increasingly, the care of the mentally ill is being forced on police and jailers."

"A series of local or regional blood supply systems should be avoided," Krever put it, adding, "political considerations, unrelated to the safety of the blood supply, must not be allowed to interfere with the ability of the operator of the blood supply system to deliver safe products efficiently and effectively."

As well, "it is essential that the blood supply system be integrated. The national blood service must perform all the important functions and processes: it must recruit donors, collect and process blood, and distribute blood components and blood products."

"Welcome to the New Philistinism!

It's got everything: an indifference or hostility to any arts, culture or community endeavour that might require government funding (except if it's an NFL team), a tendency to engage in mean, dismissive public discourse, pitched battles that become operatic (Ford vs. Atwood) and an overweaning pride in being ignorant and uninformed."

"A woman who says she was thrown to the ground and strip-searched at the Ottawa International Airport on her way home from her grandmother's funeral plans to make an official human

"An employee of the search-and-rescue centre in Halifax has been relieved of his duties for speaking out about job cuts in the region."

Jason Hamilton posted a video on YouTube after the federal government said it was closing search-and-rescue centres in Newfoundland and Quebec as a cost-cutting measure."

"A St. John's man says the city is stealing his stolen car. Mike Whelan reported his car stolen months ago. Since then, it was found, towed and impounded - but Whelan never was contacted. Now, the city wants him to pay to get his own car back."

"A Minnesota senior was jailed by Canadian border guards at a Manitoba port of entry after a jar containing some motor oil was mistaken for heroin."

"Then there's this cost: $2,900.

It's the price each member of the Canadian women's national team must pay to compete ­ on home soil ­ in next week's international Nations Cup at Oakville's Appleby College. The sum includes purchasing the clothing they'll wear to represent their country, right down to the jersey emblazoned with Canada's iconic red maple leaf."

"The union representing tens of thousands of federal scientists says the Conservative government is unfairly silencing its members.  The comments come after Kristi Miller, a researcher for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, was banned from discussing her work with the media                                                                     

The WHINING of Public Sector Unions must be added as being unfair for the rest of us especially for the rest of the people, who do not have the generous wages, the benefits and pension plans that they received by holding the public hostage.

"First of all, I would like to know what makes them out of line? Has he ever walked 10 miles with 35 pounds from one box to another? Sometimes there are 6-8 boxes until the route is done, strapped to his body, everyday, in all weather, all year round. While doing this for several years, dealing with dogs, insects, sometimes deer, bears and even cougars, faulty stairs, no sidewalks in some places, unshovelled snow covered paths, injuries occur. The job is physical, does not involve sitting in a chair at a computer day after day."

"Premier David Alward is asking the prime minister to determine whether Canadian Blood Services has the authority to shut down its New Brunswick blood processing centre.

Alward said yesterday he is taking New Brunswick's complaint about its treatment by CBS to the highest political office in the country, appealing to Prime Minister Stephen Harper to clarify whether the national agency has the right to strip the province of its only processing centre for fresh blood products."

"The European Union is beginning to look eerily like Germany under the Weimar Republic. Comparisons are never exact, and anyone could come up with a string of obvious differences, but in the EU many groups of citizens are at odds with their society's principal values, just as they were in Weimar, and by now several have expressed it through acts of political terror, targeted or random, as their soul-mates did in Germany between 1919 and 1933.

Like their Weimar counterparts, the EU's bullies, brawlers and assassins have emerged from a combination of colours on the political palette, from neo-Marxist red and neo-Nazi brown all the way to environmental or Islamist green. The last group leads the body count after bombing the train and subway systems, respectively, in Madrid (2004) and London (2005). But last week's Norwegian madman amply demonstrated (if such demonstration were necessary) that acts of hebephrenic malice are available to all regardless of ethnic, political or theological persuasion."

"Then in July, Daphne Leef, a 25-year-old video editor, was evicted from her apartment in Tel Aviv when her lease ran out. Furious she could not find affordable accommodation and inspired in part by Egypt's "Facebook Revolution," she announced on the social networking site she was going to pitch a tent in protest on the median of the city's Rothschild Boulevard.

Within hours, dozens of tents bloomed along the affluent tree-lined street and over the last three weeks, Ms. Leef's protest snowballed into Israel's largest demonstration in decades.

Tent cities have sprung up in every major city in the country. Tel Aviv's tent city now stretches almost 20 blocks and on Saturday, nearly 300,000 people staged protest marches across Israel to demand the government address the worries of the economically squeezed middle class."                               

"Social networking websites swirled with rumours of other riots beginning or being planned in other areas of the city, but police warned the public not to trust everything they saw on the internet, adding that officers were keeping a close eye on what was being said online as well.

The violence has cast a pall over a city preparing to host the 2012 Olympic Games.

"I hope people will have a fantastic Olympics no matter what happened last night," London Mayor Boris Johnson said in a telephone interview with BBC television, trying to assure the world his city was safe.

Others weren't so sure, suggesting that the riots had exposed incipient tensions at a time of sharp public sector cutbacks and economic uncertainty.

"This is just a glimpse into the abyss," former Metropolitan Police commander John O'Connor told Sky News. "Someone's pulled the clock back and you can look and see what's beneath the surface. And what with the Olympic Games coming up, this doesn't bode very well for London."

The above is a series of policies and the final outcomes of policies meeting at the intersection. It is about the have-nots, and a great many of them dealing with the outcomes of policies, and how they impact a person's life. As for the politicians, well to put it nicely, none of them will be coming to your rescue anytime soon, besides serving platitudes on top of platitudes. As the author of History Is A Weapon, states in the chapter, The Coming Revolt of the Guard: "

One percent of the nation owns a third of the wealth. The rest of the wealth is distributed in such a way as to turn those in the 99 percent against one another: small property owners against the propertyless, black against white, native-born against foreign-born, intellectuals and professionals against the uneducated and unskilled. These groups have resented one another and warred against one another with such vehemence and violence as to obscure their common position as sharers of leftovers in a very wealthy country.

Against the reality of that desperate, bitter battle for resources made scarce by elite control, I am taking the liberty of uniting those 99 percent as "the people." I have been writing a history that attempts to represent their submerged, deflected, common interest. To emphasize the commonality of the 99 percent, to declare deep enmity of interest with the 1 percent, is to do exactly what the governments of the United States, and the wealthy elite allied to them-from the Founding Fathers to now-have tried their best to prevent. Madison feared a "majority faction" and hoped the new Constitution would control it. He and his colleagues began the Preamble to the Constitution with the words "We the people ...," pretending that the new government stood for everyone, and hoping that this myth, accepted as fact, would ensure "domestic tranquility."

Further down: "However, the unexpected victories-even temporary ones-of insurgents show the vulnerability of the supposedly powerful. In a highly developed society, the Establishment cannot survive without the obedience and loyalty of millions of people who are given small rewards to keep the system going: the soldiers and police, teachers and ministers, administrators and social workers, technicians and production workers, doctors, lawyers, nurses, transport and communications workers, garbage men and firemen. These people-the employed, the somewhat privileged-are drawn into alliance with the elite. They become the guards of the system, buffers between the upper and lower classes. If they stop obeying, the system falls.

That will happen, I think, only when all of us who are slightly privileged and slightly uneasy begin to see that we are like the guards in the prison uprising at Attica­expendable; that the Establishment, whatever rewards it gives us, will also, if necessary to maintain its control, kill us. "

Further down: "There is evidence of growing dissatisfaction among the guards. We have known for some time that the poor and ignored were the nonvoters, alienated from a political system they felt didn't care about them, and about which they could do little. Now alienation has spread upward into families above the poverty line. These are white workers, neither rich nor poor, but angry over economic insecurity, unhappy with their work, worried about their neighborhoods, hostile to government- combining elements of racism with elements of class consciousness, contempt for the lower classes along with distrust for the elite, and thus open to solutions from any direction, right or left........................The prisoners of the system will continue to rebel, as before, in ways that cannot be foreseen, at times that cannot be predicted. The new fact of our era is the chance that they may be joined by the guards. We readers and writers of books have been, for the most part, among the guards. If we understand that, and act on it, not only will life be more satisfying, right off, but our grandchildren, or our great grandchildren, might possibly see a different and marvelous world. "

The protests in Europe and beyond, the lone gunman of Norway, has not begun in earnest in North America, but that depends on the bones thrown to the populace that eases our struggles, or making life bearable. As the author of History Is A Weapon has stated, "These rebellions, so far, have been contained. The American system is the most ingenious system of control in world history. With a country so rich in natural resources, talent, and labor power the system can afford to distribute just enough wealth to just enough people to limit discontent to a troublesome minority. It is a country so powerful, so big, so pleasing to so many of its citizens that it can afford to give freedom of dissent to the small number who are not pleased. " And so far the governments have manage to contain the discontent of many, but the governments of North America are struggling paying for their pet projects, such as F35 fighter jets, waging war, trade agreements, and the sort of things where the citizens end up paying the price and a dear one at that. It may not be the price of cottage cheese, or a street vendor permit that will set Canadians and Americans off to set up their own tent cities and protests,  but it will be something. History tells us that, in so many forms and ways, when the elite serves platitudes morning, noon and night, with complete disregard of the final outcomes to their citizens. The contempt of the restless citizens will react eventually in so many ways. Below is one such example, a bag of rice - a few pounds of rice is very dear today, and is now considered a luxury as whole grain cereals and milk in some Canadian households.

 Everything must go: A youth poses with a large sack of Tesco Va

From groceries to clothes to electronics, high streets in Clapham, Hackney, Dalston, Peckham, Woolwich, Lewisham, Enfield, Walthamstow

Read more:

From: Joe Hueglin <>
Subject: Who ought to decide Canadian Wheat Board's future: Grain farmers or Agricultural Minister?

Agricultural Minister Gerry Ritz in saying earlier in the year "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." promised to work out exactly the role the Canadian Wheat board would play

The onus is on the Minister in introducing irrevocable change to meet the concerns raised by those who will be affected. No mention was made by him in his most current statement:

"The CWB needs to realize that regardless of how many pro-board farmers attend their meetings or participate in their expensive survey, no one farmer should trump the rights of another farmer," Ritz said in an email to The Canadian Press. "In contrast, our government wants to provide every farmer with marketing choice, whether that's selling individually or in a marketing pool."
        " Farmers debate Canadian Wheat Board, though Ritz says he'll ignore results"

Following are the thoughts, the concerns, of The CWB Alliance raising questions it is reasonable Minister Ritz must address before proceeding.

Joe Hueglin
The CWB Alliance is a politically non-partisan organization focused on farmers' right to market through the Canadian Wheat Board.

The Alliance draws memberships from across the growing region covered by the CWB.

Members of the Alliance recognize the advantages the Board brings to producers through the single desk and price pooling, quality assurance through the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC), as well as the important role the CWB plays as an advocate for farmers in transportation, producer cars, and on the world stage such as at the WTO negotiations.

Never before has there been more pressure to remove the farm community's hard-won safeguards. The Canadian Wheat Board Alliance seeks to preserve the values and benefits provided to our producers and communities by the efforts of our predecessors.


Our first newsletter comes to you at a time when the Canadian Wheat Board meets the greatest challenge in its history.

What happens in the next couple months will determine whether we still have a marketing model that's the envy of farmers around the world. That's because when the House sits again this fall, the Conservative government has pledged to introduce legislation that will result in the demise of the CWB.

Recently, a friend of mine was talking to an Australian farmer who said that we'd be crazy to let this happen. It's no secret that since Aussie farmers lost the Australian Wheat Board (AWB), their logistics, pricing, and customer relationships have been thrown into complete turmoil.

Minister of Agriculture Gerry Ritz wants you to believe that it is all over, that the decision is made. This is clearly intended to cause us farmers to give up. Well, I guess they don't know that determination is built into our DNA. If it wasn't, none of us would have survived this long farming!

So, this newsletter will tell you how the CWB Alliance and its allies are fighting the government's plans to bring in legislation that kills the CWB. We'll share our plans and how you can help.

Right now, job one is to ensure that we all vote in the Canadian Wheat Board plebiscite. You can help by encouraging your friends and neighbours to vote. We are all really busy right now but it only takes a few minutes to mark your ballot and get it in the mail. Even if you have to go to your neighbour's farm and stand there while they fill out their ballot and then take it to the post office for them, I say it's worth doing!


With only 39.6 per cent of the popular vote across Canada, the Harper government says it has a mandate to dismantle the CWB. Something's pretty fishy about that so let's make sure our voices are heard on this issue.

This isn't about politics, it's about our bottom line.

Bill Gehl, CWB Alliance chair

MESSAGE FROM THE CWB ALLIANCE COUNCIL2 |  Visit the website for more information!

Myths & Realities
Myth 1: The CWB can add value in an open market

There is no open market, only a private market dominated by five giant companies. Since the CWB has no port facilities or capital base, it would be forced to go cap in hand to these companies asking for their help to deliver on CWB sales.

Why would they help a competitor? How could the CWB hope to get a premium price when they have no assured supply of grain, no real knowledge of what grades are available and no idea of the volume of grain they have to sell? Without the single desk, there is little value that the CWB could add to farmers' grain.

Myth 2: Producer cars will survive

Farmers have a right to order a producer car, but to ship it they need to have a sale for the grain and space in a port terminal to store it. Why would those terminal owners undercut their own handlings to accommodate producer cars?

The answer is they won't! (and, they don't right now!) That is why more than 95 per cent of producer cars carry Wheat Board grain.

The CWB has the commercial muscle to access space in port terminals.

Myth 3: We'll get better returns in an open market

Under the Canadian Wheat Board Act, our Board is not allowed to have any "retained earnings." In plain English, this means our Board must return all its sales revenue, minus operating costs, back to farmers. According to both the Auditor General of Canada and the annual Deloitte and Touche audited statements, that is just what happens: more than 98% of sales revenue goes back to farmers
With all their bankers, shareholders and expensive executive bonuses, no private corporation can possibly match the CWB's return to farmers.

\And what about premium prices?

Fourteen International Trade Tribunal Investigations and numerous peer reviewed academic studies have all concluded that the Wheat Board does get premium prices for farmers. Even U.S.
farm leaders, like Robert Carlson of the North Dakota Farmers Union are convinced that the CWB earns Canadian farmers big premiums compared to U.S. Prices. Too bad our own Agriculture
Minister is not paying attention.

Myth 4: An open market will lead to transparent pricing

When you settle on a price to sell your canola, do you know where it goes or what it is used for? Nope! That is all a (sales) secret which the brokers keep to themselves. Some canola goes for oil, some for meal and, some for highly specialized industrial applications. It all sells for different prices, but the farmer only sees one price. That's what happens with do-it-yourself marketing.

The difference between a marketer and a price taker is huge. A marketer, like the CWB, develops relationships with customers. The private trade only makes an offer to sell to end use customers.

Then, private traders go to farmers and offer them a lower price to source the commodity they have already sold. This is called margin trading. As a price taker, the farmer always loses and often the customer is not entirely satisfied either.

That is why western farmers chose to cut out the middle man by establishing their own sales department, the CWB, to market their own grain. It works so well the private trade has been howling for its blood ever since.

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