Ritz was bad for Cana­dian agri­cul­ture

Prairie Post (West Edition) - - Opinion -

ED­I­TOR:

The Nov. 9/2018 Prairie Post con­tained a let­ter by Ian Rob­son of Man­i­toba, which pointed out the fal­lacy of for­mer Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Gerry Ritz be­ing in­ducted to the Agri­cul­ture Hall of Fame.

The Nov 16 is­sue con­tained a let­ter by Kevin Ben­der (Chair­man of Al­berta Wheat Com­mis­sion) strongly dis­agree­ing with Rob­son’s anal­y­sis of why Ritz is a very poor se­lec­tion.

Sorry Kevin, I agree with Rob­son’s anal­y­sis. Ritz was the head hon­cho in the at­tack to get rid of the farmer owned Cana­dian Wheat Board, and in re­al­ity plun­dered and sold cheaply CWB as­sets owned by farm­ers. Those as­sets in­cluded hop­per cars, of­fice build­ings, grain ships, plus cash. These as­sets were given to a for­eign en­tity. Ritz also killed the com­mu­nity pas­ture pro­gram, the shel­ter­belt pro­gram, In­dian Head Tree Nurs­ery, cut Agri-sta­bil­ity pro­grams, Port of Churchill along with the rail line was given to for­eign owned Om­ni­trax. He gut­ted the Cana­dian Food In­spec­tion Agency, cut $3 bil­lion from Agri­cul­ture Canada. Spend­ing cuts in Agri­cul­ture sec­tor un­der Ritz in 2012-13 were nearly $15 mil­lion.

He not only threw farm­ers to the cor­po­rate wolves, but also en­dorsed the trade deals to weaken Canada’s sup­ply man­age­ment.

To add in­sult to in­jury, dur­ing the 2008 leste­rio­sis cri­sis which had al­ready killed 17 peo­ple, Ritz’s com­ment was “This is like death by a thou­sand cuts- or should I say cold cuts” When in­formed that an­other death had oc­curred in PEI, Ritz’s com­ment was “please tell me it’s Wayne Easter” who was the Ag critic at the time.

Does Kevin Ben­der or for that mat­ter Toronto’s Royal Agri­cul­ture Win­ter Fair re­ally think Ritz should be named to the Agri­cul­ture Hall of Fame. I do not.

JOYCE NEUFELD WALDECK, SASK.

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