The proposed Saskatchewan Wheat Pool share conversion
of Class A shares and Class B, nonvoting shares to a single class of
voting shares, if implemented will irrevocably end farmer Pool members formal direction
of the Pool. This proposed share conversion will allow for the sale of the
Pool to any competing trans-national corporation, ultimately ending all farmer influence
into Canada’s grain marketing and handling system.
I call upon the delegates of Saskatchewan Pool to defeat the proposed share
conversion and return full control of the Pool to Class A share holders (farmer
During all my farm life, I was a loyal and totally supporting member of Saskatchewan
Pool, a strong believer in the theory and goals of Co-operation. I sold all my
grain to the Pool, and bought all the fertilizer and herbicides that I used on the
farm from them. I served many years on Saskatchewan Pool committees, both
at Fenwood and Melville, and did not hesitate to go the extra mile
for the Pool when it was called for.
But, now I feel that I have been betrayed, not only by the delegate body, but even
more so by the Board of Directors who have failed to live up to their sworn
duties to operate the Pool for the best interests of its farmer members, who were
the actual owners of the Pool. They negated on these duties and virtually handed
over control to senior management who were brought in from trans-national corporations
and were contemptuous of Co-op philosophy and the idea that farmers should
have a voice or influence in company operations.
Never before in the history of farming has it been so crucial that farmers gain at
least some control of their own destiny. Will the delegate body give up what
our forefathers worked for when they created the Pool, or will they take a firm courageous
stand, stiffen up their back bones, and come up with a resounding NO to the
proposed share conversion plan.
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