Thursday, December 07, 2006

Why should he sell your wheat?

Dion is going to bring back the Wheat Board monopoly if and to the extent the Tories undermine it.

One annoying thing about this debate is the presumption that only producers have a legitimate stake in it. Not all wheat is exported, and higher prices for staples is pretty regressive.

It's probably good politics for Dion, though. Liberal support among wheat farmers is zero plus or minus 4% nineteen times out of twenty. However support for the monopoly lines up, getting those votes is still an improvement for the Libs on the status quo.

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