News from British and Canadian Conservatives

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

"Let them eat barley" - Conservative Party of Canada

The Canadian Federal Conservative government has announced that it is removing the Wheat Board's monopoly over barley sales and marketing, much to the Wheat Board's chagrin. Of course, the government is entirely right. It amazes me that the Wheat Board seems to think it has some God-given right to control a whole nation's access to a major food resource. Frankly, I'm amazed that they had been allowed to maintain a monopoly position so long, and hope that the Wheat monopoly will be removed soon, although I understand that's not so straight forward.

British Expats living in Canada often comment on the high prices of basic foods. I suspect that it's this kind of monopoly that is causing them. It's time to dismantle the old Liberal brand of Socialism that is holding Canada back. Europe suffers from the Common Agricultural Policy - something that I'll be glad to see the back of when I moved to Calgary - but even that's not as draconian as the Canadian system. In some ways, the Canadian economy seems to be stuck in the 1970s. The problems aren't on anything like the scale that Britain suffered under the likes of Harold Wilson, but there's plenty of room for reform. Those reforms will only be possible once there is a Conservative majority in Ottawa - then Harper will come into his own as Canada's answer to Thatcher and Sarkozy.

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