Red Deer Chamber of Commerce Supports Ending CWB Monopoly

Maureen McMurtrie, President of the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce, explains how new government legislation to end the Canadian Wheat Board\'s monopoly will benefit local farmers.

The federal government has tabled a long-promised bill to end the Canadian Wheat Board's monopoly on wheat and barley sales.

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says the legislation will give farmers across western Canada the right to choose where to sell their grain as farmers elsewhere already have.

Maureen McMurtrie, President of the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce, explains their stance on this issue, which they've been advocating for more than a decade.


The legislation is expected to be implemented by the end of this calendar year.

Board supporters say farmers will suffer because the C-W-B cannot compete on the open market without the guaranteed grain supply that comes with the monopoly.

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