CWB board calls for retaining third-party spending limits in director elections

The Canadian Wheat Board’s board of directors has

 recommended against removing limits on third-party spending during

 elections of CWB directors, as proposed last week by the federal

 government.

 “The existence of a limit guards against the possibility of a third party
 having a disproportionate voice in an election,” said CWB board chair
 Larry Hill. “Removal of the limit would introduce potential for a
 well-financed third party to play a significant role in a particular vote
 and possibly influence a result. This could undermine the integrity of

 the election process and perception of fairness.”

 Hill said the decisions surrounding who is elected to serve on the CWB
 board — and how that process is structured — should be left to farmers.
 He said the CWB as an organization is committed to remaining neutral as
to the outcome of director elections and will not act to influence the

results.

“Our board is guided by the principle that the CWB director elections

should be fair and impartial and be perceived by the participants as

such.”

Hill also pointed out that the CWB Election Review Panel, established by

the federal government in 2005 to undertake a comprehensive review of the

director election system, recommended that third-party limits be

maintained, noting there was no consensus to change the limit.

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