Ottawa to push ahead with Wheat Board legislation

Wed Dec 14, 2011 3:14pm EST
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said on Wednesday the he will push ahead with legislation to end the Canadian Wheat Board's marketing monopoly, despite the board's announcement it will ask a court to rule the law invalid.

Ritz said the Conservative government has the right to rewrite the legislation despite what he called a "poison pill" clause that requires that western farmer be consulted first.

"That's why we're moving forward with C-18 and making sure that farmers in Western Canada have the clarity and certainty they need on next year's crop and every crop after that.

(Reporting By Louise Egan; editing by Rob Wilson)