Letter writer urges prairie grain producers to vote in CWB elections

Who can vote in the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) director elections? All grain farmers on the prairies. If you grew any of the seven major grains and oilseeds in 2007 or 2008, you have a voice. It’s that simple. And I strongly urge you to speak up.

Dear Editor;

Who can vote in the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) director elections? All grain farmers on the prairies. If you grew any of the seven major grains and oilseeds in 2007 or 2008, you have a voice. It’s that simple. And I strongly urge you to speak up.

As a farmer-elected director and chair of the CWB’s Board of Directors, I am committed to this democratic process for the farmers of western Canada. The CWB belongs to farmers. We all have a right to participate in the discussion over its direction and its future. Voting in the election is an important way to participate.

The CWB has again asked Meyers Norris Penny (MNP) chartered accountants to administer the election. It is important to us that the process be perceived as fair and objective. That’s why we rely on a trusted external company to manage the procedures and count the votes. If you live in one of districts 2, 4, 6, 8 or 10 and haven’t received a ballot by Nov. 7, you can still get on the voters’ list. You can find out more from MNP’s election Web site at www.cwbelection.com or call them at 1-877-500-0795.

The issues surrounding the CWB directly affect our farm businesses. Let’s work together to make it work for us. Please make an effort to vote.

Larry Hill

Chair,

CWB Board of Directors