Court date set for appeal
A court date has been set for Friends of Canadian Wheat Board (FCWB) case.
The Friends of the Canadian Wheat Board said they welcome the May 23 court date before the Federal Court of Appeal to defend farmers' rights and the rule of law.
At issue is a ruling by Federal Court Justice Douglas Campbell that Ottawa acted illegally in introducing legislation affecting farmers and their Canadian Wheat Board. On Dec. 6, 2011, the Friends of the Canadian Wheat Board and the farmer elected members of the CWB board of directors sought a ruling in federal court that farmers' rights to control their own Wheat Board were being illegally removed by the federal government.
Federal Court Justice Douglas Campbell agreed with the farmers, characterizing the legislation disabling the Canadian Wheat Board and dismissing its farmer-elected directors as "an affront to the rule of law", yet the federal government moved to appeal Campbell's ruling.
The appeal will be heard in Ottawa.