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Canada does not plan barley legislation

Legislation to end the Canadian Wheat Board's monopoly on barley will not be introduced by the Conservative government, at least in the short-term, according to Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz.


January 20, 2009
By Reuters

January 19, 2009 

Ottawa -Canada's Conservative government will not introduce legislation in the short term to seek an end to the Canadian Wheat Board's monopoly on barley marketing, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said on Monday.

"We are holding back on legislation on barley," Ritz told reporters on a conference call.

"I don't see that on my radar screen in the next short time," he said, adding that he would focus on expanding international trade opportunities for agricultural exporters.

Ritz said the government remains committed to eventually reforming the farmer-controlled CWB, one of the world's largest wheat exporters.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, first elected in 2006, has wanted to give Prairie farmers the choice of selling to the CWB or dealing directly with buyers.

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