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Tories to appeal CWB ruling

The federal Conservative government has decided to file an appeal of a July 31 Federal Court ruling that rescued the single-desk marketing powers of the Canadian Wheat Board.

The government had set August 1 as what it called “Barley Freedom Day,” on which its revised regulations, lifting the CWB’s monopoly marketing powers over exports of Prairie barley, were to come into force. The court found instead for a pro-single-desk farmers’ group, Friends of the Canadian Wheat Board, which contended that the federal government contravened the Canadian Wheat Board Act by not subjecting its revised regulations to a vote in Parliament.

Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, speaking today east of Regina, issued a statement that “today’s appeal is the right thing to do for farmers and farm families.”

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