Thursday, 7 February 2008

Oppose amemdments to Canada Grain Act

Canada's "open and transparent" government has gaged yet another group of its employees by threatening them with discipline. The employees of the Canadian Grain Commission are seeking help to oppose Bill C-39.

In the early 1900s, grain farmers in Canada were at the mercy of the grain companies who often had monopolies that offered "take-it-or-leave-it" prices to farmers. The creation of the Canadian Grain Commission was a direct response to this abuse.

"The proposed changes will decimate long standing Grain regulations and lay off [the employees] who enforce the regulations that protect Canadian Grain farmers and their families," said Bob Kingston, the First Executive Vice-President of the Agriculture Union, a PSAC Component. "What is really ironic and deeply disturbing about this proposed legislation is that it eliminates the protections for farmers from multinational corporations that the Act was originally designed to do while leaving the the rights and privileges of those corporations completely untouched." More...

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