The federal government recently moved to stop the Canadian Wheat Board from running ads pomoting its monopoly.
It's a good move.
Here's a news release I sent out today on the subject:
NCC Applauds Government Move to Stop CWB Political Advertising
(October 12, 2006)The National Citizens Coalition says the federal government was right to stop the Canadian Wheat Board from engaging in political advocacy.
“The Canadian Wheat Board has no business using its resources to promote its own political agenda,” says NCC vice president Gerry Nicholls. “It is supposed to market grain not peddle propaganda.”
The Conservative government ordered the CWB not to directly or indirectly spend money on advertising that would also promote its monopoly.
“Many of the CWB’s ads promoting the monopoly were also thinly disguised endorsements for the Liberal Party,” says Nicholls. “A government agency should not take partisan stands.”
Nicholls also rejected arguments that the government move was “anti-democratic”.
“What was anti-democratic was the Wheat Board’s political advertising,” says the NCC vice president. “It’s anti-democratic to force western farmers to finance a political agenda they may not support. And many farmers do not support the monopoly.”