Farmers not as in control of CWB as advocates insist
Apparently, this is how Canadian judges think democracy works:
Canadian grain farmers vote 62% in favour of eliminating the Canadian Wheat Board's single-desk monopoly on Barley. The government acts to carry out this decision. When 38% of grain farmers file suit to prevent this, the court decides in favour of the minority, denying the majority their right to chart the course of their own businesses.
At least according to Dolores Hansen.
According to Hansen, the Conservative government has "overstepped its boundaries" by trying to set policy for a government agency without passing it in the form of a law through the House of Commons.
This ruling comes on the eve of the move to strip the CWB of its monopoly.
Apparently, Hansen has forgotten about the March 28 vote in which Canadian grain farmers clearly called for marketing choice.
The vote occurred amongst complaints that the Conservatives were manipulating the vote. The complaints turned out to be baseless, as retired farmers and farmers who had moved out of the grain farming business were removed from voting lists. Brief meaningful controversy ensued when some farmers were accidentally mailed more than one ballot. However, their votes were confirmed via phone calls.
Supporters of the Wheat Board have insisted that only farmers can vote to change the CWB's policies, or vote it out of existence. Now, they've apparently changed their mind: only parliament can vote to change CWB policies, even if it frustrates the collective will of Canadian farmers--the same collective will they formerly claimed is the only legitimate way to make any changes to the CWB.
Now, this entire affair is essentially in the hands of the opposition, who have constantly and publicly announced their opposition to any changes in the CWB.
Apparently, this is how democracy works in the eyes of CWB supporters: set the rules to your favour. Then, if things still don't turn out in your favour, change the rules, in court, if necessary.