'Stop the Steamroller' urges Canadians to text their support of farmers
WINNIPEG, Nov. 2, 2011 /CNW/ - Today, the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB)
launched a mass advertising campaign, urging Canadians to stand up to
the Harper Government and its plan to dismantle the board by Christmas
despite a majority of farmers opposing the decision.
The campaign, which includes print, radio, TV, a microsite and online
advertising, asks Canadians to text FARMER to 24680. The text generates
a letter to MPs, opposing the decision to dismantle the wheat board, in
support of Canadian wheat and barley farmers.
"We're asking Canadians to help us send a clear message to the Harper
Government that we will not be steamrolled by their anti-democratic
processes," said Allen Oberg, Chair of the Canadian Wheat
Board. "Today, it's wheat farmers. What about tomorrow? The Harper
government is acting ruthlessly, unethically and illegally and the
outcome is that Canadian farmers are at risk of losing their
Despite the fact that the law requires the government to let farmers
decide on major changes to the CWB, the government refused to hold a
vote among farmers and says it will ignore the vote conducted by the
CWB. Not only is the decision illegal, it's also the opposite of what
the farmers themselves want: a recent plebiscite among and wheat and
barley famers showed that 62 per cent want to keep the CWB.
What happens to Canadian farmers without the CWB?
Small farmers will be left to negotiate their own prices with giant
American food conglomerates - this will mean the beginning of the end
of the small, family farms that form the backbone of Canadian
Farms that have been in families for generations may be bought out by
American and multinational companies.
Farmers will have to compete not only against each other but also
against much larger companies that can afford to set their prices lower
because they have such great volume of grain.
The hundreds of millions of dollars that the CWB makes for prairie
farmers will instead go to private grain company profits. The CWB is
paid for and run by the farmers themselves - it receives no public
The wheat and barley industry will go from being run by Canadians to
being run by Americans.
Beyond farmers, the elimination of the CWB will hurt many small
communities throughout Western Canada economically.
'This campaign is about standing up to a bully government that is acting
recklessly," said Oberg. "To date, we still have not seen any business
case on why the CWB should be eliminated and no plan for its future.
No farmers have been consulted and this legislation is against their
wishes. It's time to stop the Harper government from steamrolling
More information is available at www.stopthesteamroller.ca. The advertising materials can be viewed at http://yousend.it/st2QNF.
SOURCE CANADIAN WHEAT BOARD
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