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Farmer launches suit over wheat board legislation

Published by Steve Coleman on January 09, 2012

The federal government may be facing a class action suit over its decision to eliminate the Canadian Wheat Board's monopoly.

The suit, launched by Saskatchewan man, alleges that the federal government rerouted money from farmers' hands to government coffers with last year's legislation.

If the suit gets clearance from the courts to become a class action suit, farmers will have an opportunity to join in for a share of any damages that might eventually be awarded.

Claims against the federal government say that farmers should be compensated for the end of the wheat board in the same way they were compensated for the end of the Crow Rate subsidy on rail transportation costs to get grain to market.

A CBC story takes a deeper look at the issue.

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