Floods, rail, wheat board: topics Bob Rae discussed with Saskatchewan farmers

images SASKATOON – Farmers in flooded areas of southeast Saskatchewan are still waiting for details on help from the federal and provincial governments.

Interim federal Liberal leader Bob Rae says there is no excuse for the delay.

He says there are programs in place so the government can quickly respond to disasters like the flooding that affected so many in the province.

Rae was in Saskatoon Friday and met with provincial farm representatives.

They talked about the future of the Canadian Wheat Board’s monopoly on wheat and barley sales, as well as rail transportation and proposed increases to Canadian Grain Commission fees.

Rae says Ottawa should not make changes to the wheat board until producers vote on it.

He says he doesn’t think farmers want to have to deal directly with large, multinational companies to market their goods.

The board is holding a farmer plebiscite on the issue this summer, with results being announced in September.

The Conservative government intends to introduce legislation this fall to pave the way for the removal of the single-desk selling system on Aug. 1, 2012.

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