New Voluntary Wheat Board May Struggle

Commentary, Agriculture, Milton Boyd

The federal government is about to abolish compulsory membership in the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB). However, there are good reasons to doubt that a voluntary board will succeed. Farmers who chose not to take part in the board will likely be better off, like their counterparts in the rest of the world that do not operate under a wheat marketing board.

Why the Wheat Board Monopoly is Being Removed: The historical circumstances that gave birth to the Canadian Wheat Board have changed.

Commentary, Agriculture, Milton Boyd

As Western Canadian farmers have become larger, more educated, and more sophisticated, they placed greater value on autonomy and freedom of choice, as evidenced by the Conservative sweep of the rural Western vote. Changing economics, demographics, technology, and values have left many farmers desiring “marketing choice” instead of monopoly.

Dollarize with Care: Argentina’s Lessons for Canada

Commentary, Workplace, Milton Boyd

The 62-cent Canadian Peso means that Florida vacations have become an impossible luxury for most Canadians. More importantly, high levels of taxes and government spending are constantly compromising the real values of our homes, investments and pensions – policies that drive the loonie even lower. The idea of adopting the U.S. dollar might bring a glimmer of hope to some.

Pay Farmers To Stop Farming

Commentary, Agriculture, Milton Boyd

Times are tough on the land. Desperate farmers rallying on the steps of legislatures or driving combines they can’t pay for in protest motorcades have become an occasional, depressing staple of the nightly news. But our governments are beginning to …