KPMG's Status Update on the 2007 Barley Plebiscite

    TORONTO, March 6 /CNW/ - KPMG LLP today provided an update on the
progress of the 2007 Barley Plebiscite in its role as vote administrator.
    KPMG has completed distribution of voting packages to potentially
eligible farming entities. This involved an initial mailing on February 7,
2007, based on data provided by the Government of Canada and the governments
of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. The Government of Canada carried out a
broad Public Notice program to inform farming entities that did not receive a
voting package prior to February 15 of the process for requesting a voter
package. Eligible farming entities were able to request voter packages between
February 15, 2007 and March 2, 2007. All requested voter packages were
processed and mailed between February 15, 2007 and March 5, 2007.
    All completed declarations and ballots must be postmarked by March 13,
    KPMG has commenced the declaration verification phase which will continue
through to the final tabulation of the ballots. Verification procedures are
performed on declarations to identify and remove multiple ballots from a
single eligible farming entity and to remove ballots for ineligible
declarations. A unique identifier number placed on each ballot and on each
declaration will be used to maintain the confidentiality of each farming
entity's ballot selection throughout the verification process.
    KPMG has established separate processes for the verification of
declaration forms and the tabulation. The declarations and ballots will be
destroyed by KPMG at the completion of the tabulation of results.
    The tabulation of the ballots, the final phase of the 2007 Barley
Plebiscite, is scheduled to begin on March 24, 2007.

For further information:

For further information: on the 2007 Western Canadian Barley
Plebiscite... Visit:, Email:,
Call: 1-888-3BARLEY (1-888-322-7539), Fax: 1-877-6BARLEY (1-877-622-7539),
Mail: KPMG LLP, PO Box 2580, Station Main, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 4B3

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