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Government to proceed with Wheat Board despite ruling

2011-12-13

Queen’s University political studies expert Ned Franks can talk about today’s announcement that the federal government will proceed to pass legislation dismantling the Canadian Wheat Board’s monopoly, even though a Federal Court ruled that Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz broke the law by not consulting grain farmers first.

“The federal government can get the legislation through Parliament, but they won’t be able to implement it as long as it’s before the courts or the courts have agreed with the opponents. The government just wants to prove to a point,” says Dr. Franks, who is one of Canada’s leading experts on Parliamentary procedure.

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