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Former CWB directors continue fight against Bill C-18

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The Canadian Wheat Board has withdrawn its application to have a new federal law opening up Prairie wheat and barley marketing declared invalid.

However, eight former CWB directors are carrying on the action in Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench this morning as individuals.

The eight directors -- all Prairie farmers, including two from Manitoba -- were removed from their positions when Bill C-18 received royal assent and became law last night. The Harper government -- not farmers -- are now in control of the wheat board.

At a Queen's Bench hearing this morning, CWB lawyer James McLandress announced the CWB's withdrawal.

Bill C-18 will end the CWB wheat and barley marketing monopoly next Aug. 1.

Two weeks ago, however, a Federal Court judge ruled Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz broke the law when he introduced the bill without first holding a farm vote.

That sparked the action by former farmer directors to seek an injuntion delaying implementation of the law and declaring it invalid.

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