Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Supreme Court Won't Hear Appeal of Group Seeking to Sue Ottawa over Wheat Board

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Supreme Court Won't Hear Appeal of Group Seeking to Sue Ottawa over Wheat Board

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Supreme Court won't hear Wheat Board appeal

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EDMONTON - The Supreme Court says it will not hear an appeal from a farm group that wants to sue the federal government for billions of dollars over the Canadian Wheat Board.

Friends of the Canadian Wheat Board filed a class-action lawsuit in 2012 over legislation that removed the marketing agency's monopoly on western wheat and barley sales.

It sought leave to appeal after a lower court struck down the main parts of the class-action.

Stewart Wells, a spokesman for the group, said they are disappointed the legal system can't fully hold Ottawa accountable for what he calls the "confiscation and destruction of the wheat board" in 2011.

"The legal system has quite simply not been able to afford justice to western Canadian farmers so far," Wells said Thursday from Swift Current, Sask.

Wells said the group will continue with part of the lawsuit that focuses on wheat board money that the group claims was misallocated in the 2011-12 crop year. …

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