April 8, 2019
Was there ever a time when farmers did not struggle to make ends meet?
Probably not. That is why the Crow rates were certainly a hot topic in the 1980s when I was writing articles for the Gravelbourg Gazette.
The less expensive rates to ship grain were, the more money for the farmer to pay endless bills and maybe even a little to pocket.
If the opposite turned out to be true, then things went from bad to worse for the farmer.
February 9, 1983
Sahl says Crow proposals worse
by Tanya Lester
Transportation Minister Jean-Luc Pepin’s recent proposed changes to the Crow Rate are “worse in some areas” than the Gilson Proposal which the Saskatchewan Wheat Poop opposed for the most part according to Avery Sahl, the Pool’s second vice-president.
“We’ve rejected the whole thing (Mr. Pepin’s proposal) as being unrealistic and unreasonable to grain producers, Mr. Sahl said.
Prior to Mr. Pepin’s announcement, the Pool’s policy had stated a preference to Senator Hazen Argue’s alternate proposal on transportation rates while mostly condemning the Gilson Report.
But on February 1, Mr. Pepin said. “It should be no surprise that we’re going essentially the Gilson way.” Before this announcement was made, many Pool members had hoped its delay meant the federal cabinet was seriously thinking of opting for the Argue proposal.
Mr. Sahl said the Pepin proposal is worse than the Gilson proposal in at least two areas. The Gilson Report stated the government would pick up the difference if inflation pushed transportation rates over a 4.5 per cent increase. Mr. Pepin is proposing an increase of 6 percent for the farmers before the government would subsidize the rates.
Also, the Pepin proposal does not allow freight rate adjustments in relation to fluctuating grain prices. “In the eyes of the farmers, this is absolutely essential,” Mr. Sahl said.
In addition, Mr. Sahl believes the Pepin proposal , if implemented, would be ” a threat to branch lines and rural communities.” For this reason, he feels mayors, town councils, and others interested in maintaining these smaller communities will be joining farm organizations and university professors in lobbying against Mr. Pepin’s proposal for changes in rates.
Rural communities would be “losing large amounts of rural purchasing power” if railway branch lines to their towns are discontinued as the result of Mr. Pepin’s transportation rate wishes, Mr. Sahl said.
Mr. Sahl indicated Mr. Pepin’s proposal would have to be drafted and be passed through three readings in the House of Commons before it would become law.
The Pool second vice-president said the grain company’s delegates will be called together in the near future to discuss the Pool’s plan to action for protesting the Pepin proposal.
“As far as I’m concerned the game isn’t over until the last ball is thrown,” he said.
Mr. Sahl is also District 7 representative to the Advisory Committee of the Canadian Wheat Board.
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