Farmers, supported by the Friends of the Canadian Wheat Board, were back in the Court of Queen’s Bench in Manitoba yesterday.
Stewart Wells, chairperson of the Friends of the Canadians Wheat Board explained: "The Harper government did not treat farmers fairly when it dismantled the CWB in 2012. We contend their irresponsible actions resulted in over $150 million being withheld from farmers in the 2010/11 and 2011/12 crop years."
“The problem has now been compounded by the Liberal government’s failure to act responsibly and so the issue is still working its way through the Court” Wells said.
The hearing on May 28 was a re-run of a motion that the government lost almost exactly a year ago. “This hearing is another in a series of technical appeals by Ottawa to delay justice and frustrate prairie farmers’ efforts to hold them to account for their stewardship of farmers’ money held by the CWB” observed Wells.
Winnipeg lawyer Anders Bruun, together with Toronto based lawyers Louis Century, and Jordan Goldblatt who specialize in civil litigation and class proceedings are representing plaintiff Andrew Dennis, a Brookdale, Manitoba farmer. Mr. Dennis stated “we hope a favourable ruling will clear the way to the next step which is a hearing to have the action certified as a class action with myself as representative plaintiff.”