The federal government has tabled a bill to end the Canadian Wheat Board's monopoly on wheat and barley sales in Western Canada.
Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz made the announcement in Stittsville, Ont., and has long said the move will give farmers the right to select to whom they sell their products, a privilege that belongs to farmers elsewhere.
Ritz said the bill would make the wheat board voluntary as of August 1, 2012.
Then, within five years, the board would either find a way to become privatized or simply stop operating.
Wheat board monopoly to end - The Daily Graphic/Central Plains Herald-Leader - Manitoba, CA (external - login to view)