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Trans-Pacific Partnership criticized for impact on innovation and entrepreneurship

Successive Canadian governments have claimed that trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership were necessary to build Canada’s economy. Long-standing concerns about the impact on labour standards, environmental regulations and the ability of federal and provincial governments to engage in economic development have been dismissed.

Recently, however, a new concern has emerged.

End of Canadian Wheat Board monopoly blamed for delays in shipping grain

The federal government's decision to end the Canadian Wheat Board's (CWB) monopoly on selling Canadian wheat is being blamed for delays in shipping grain to market.

A Saskatoon Star Phoenix editorial pointed out that:

“In the past, wheat farmers could depend on the Canadian Wheat Board to battle for them when it came to putting pressure on the rail companies to get the grain to market. When the board had a monopoly on selling grain overseas, it also held considerable market influence.”

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