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Comment: Limit Canadian Grain Commission to oversight role

The vast majority of buyers seek third-party certification these days

The retention of the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) surplus by the CGC itself raises a host of questions on the organization’s purpose, services and sources of funding. The CGC’s budget is covered through user fees paid by the farmer through grain companies. It is important to note that industry has no say in the establishment

Comment: A competitive concern

Too-high fees from the grain industry’s key regulator hurt the entire industry

In the August 16 edition of the Manitoba Co-operator, Allan Dawson’s article contains quotes from the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) about why a fee reduction wasn’t part of its decision for the surplus. The CGC does not believe a reduction would be passed through grain handlers to farmers, and this is positioned as a major

Wheat is transferred from the train cars via a conveyor belt to the cargo ship in Vancouver, British Columbia. Canadian Grain Commission fees for inspecting outgoing cargoes will rise sharply this year.  photo: REUTERS/Ben Nelms

A closer look at Canadian Grain Commission user fees

There is an inherent conflict of interest when a regulatory agency operates on a complete cost recovery basis

The Canada Grain Act was enacted in 1912. The last set of significant amendments was made in the early 1970s. Since then, there have been vast changes in farm operations, grain handling, marketing, exporting and the global marketplace. The time is exactly right to modernize the Canada Grain Act. The federal government passed Bill C-45,