The Harper government has done very little since coming to power to reduce the power of big government.
One notable exception, however, has been its efforts to undermine the Canadian Wheat Board monopoly.
Simply put, this monopoly is an archaic, Soviet-style regulation that denies economic freedom to Western grain farmers.
It should have been abolished long ago.
And the Harper government was definitely moving in that direction, through referendums and orders in council --- but now a Judge in Alberta has slammed the breaks on the whole process.
Yesterday, Justice Dolores Hansen ruled that only Parliament could dismantle the Wheat Board monopoly.
And so Canada's "Little Kremlin on the Prairie" will continue to lumber on, like some sort of dinosaur.
Of course, one day the power of the markets will wear away this abomination, but until then Western grain farmers will be unfree.
Thanks Justice Hansen.