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The Last Straw

“The Last Straw”, the newest publication in SIPP’s Briefing Note series, explores the events leading to the creation of the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) and the recent scrutiny that the CWB has come under, both domestically and internationally, in regards to its single-desk selling powers.

In this publication, Murray Fulton, a professor in the department of agricultural economics at the University of Saskatchewan, Grace Skogstad, a professor of political science at the University of Toronto, and Rose Olfert, the associate director of the Saskatchewan Institute of Public Policy, share their views on the CWB, the potential affects of removing its single-desk selling powers, and the relationship between the creation of agricultural policy and government.

In his remarks, Murray Fulton examines two potential options that can be considered for how the CWB would operate if its single-desk selling powers were removed. Grace Skogstad looks at three factors that guide the making of agricultural policy - interest, ideas and institutions – including the role of the federal government. Rose Olfert provides a backdrop to these remarks, exploring the events that led to the creation of the CWB.

The articles in this publication were originally presented as part of a public forum held in Saskatoon, SK, on November 14, 2006.


Rose Olfert, Murray Fulton and Grace Skogstad

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