The cab legislation has had Royal Assent. I guess we will have to wait for the appeals to finish. Hopefully HM Government will also rein in the Milk and egg marketing boards as well.
WINNIPEG — Ottawa's newly minted law eliminating the Canadian Wheat Board's monopoly powers to market Prairie wheat and barley has survived its first legal challenge.
Late Friday, a Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench judge denied a motion by eight former wheat board directors that would have temporarily prevented the Harper government from implementing the new law, which received royal assent on Thursday.
"I am not satisfied that there is sufficient urgency to justify the consideration of an interim injunction at this stage," Mr. Justice Shane Perlmutter ruled. He will hear more detailed arguments on an injunction against the controversial law in Winnipeg on Jan. 17-18.
For now, though, the Harper government's Marketing Freedom for Grain Farmers Act (Bill C-18) remains in effect.
Earlier on Friday, at a rally with supporters on a farm near Regina, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz celebrated the passage of the new law.
"This feels . . . good. It's been a long time coming," he said of the government's long fight to end the wheat board's single desk.
"First they said it shouldn't be done. Then they said it couldn't be done, and then they said it wouldn't be done because they'll take us to court," he said of the naysayers.