The CWB is a lawful corporation formed by legislation for a multitude of purposes. As I am not a stakeholder of the corporation, I am in no position to comment on the functionality of the CWB.. the future of the board rests with the western farmers alone...... but the question was about the cartoon itself.
I find the cartoon a classic display of "negativity effect". The cartoon clearly has one purpose and that is to deliberately demonize and humiliate the legislated corporation. The clip instills a sense of ownership and control of the wheat when he tells the farmer "it is not your grain". If there are interests to destroy the CWB then by demonizing the board, the general public will easily accept the or even encourage the demise.
The other subtle message which was repeatedly stated was "farmers are greedy".
Its what NOT in the cartoon that is curious. Wheat was placed in "trust" some time ago. Will the government please explain why and when wheat was placed in trust in Canada? Still waiting Mr. Ritz..........then take care to explain to the public who really "owns" the wheat.
The Canadian Wheat Board is a "Public Trust". Why doesn't the cartoon include that lawful phrase? Who does the CWB really protect? The farmer or the Public?
There is also a very curious Ontario connection. Some of the intelligence behind the formation of the CWB was also part of the formation of an important commodity board in Ontario a few decades later....a close friend of Premier Frost.
Where Premier Frost was a friend and advocate for farmers (as he fully understood their importance to the public)..... we now are witnessing a Premier that is divesting himself from the associated "legal implications" from government mandated marketing..... agricultural traceability and liability. If Mr. McGuinty imagines that his government can magically absolve itself from future liability just by divesting its responsibilities through the dissolution of marketing controls....could the same be true for the future of the stakeholders of the CWB?
hence.... the creation of humiliating cartoons that demonize Public Trusts.
The cartoon is disgusting with its veiled bullying tactics against the public. Who is behind it?
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