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Wheat Board Voting Rules


October 21, 2008
By The Canadian Press

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October 21, 2008- A judge has reserved his decision in the latest courtroom battle between the Canadian Wheat Board and the federal government.

A group called The Friends Of The Canadian Wheat Board is challenging the government's decision to remove about 16,000 farmers from the voters list for wheat board director elections.

But elections are already underway, so the group wants an expedited hearing on its request.

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But lawyers for the federal government say they need time to prepare their case, and an early hearing would be unfair.

Federal Court Judge James O'Reilly heard arguments today and said he would make a ruling before the end of the week.

The wheat board and the government have also been in court over a plan to remove the board's monopoly on western barley and allow producers to sell independently.