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Manitoba court won’t block CWB law, for now

Manitoba’s Court of Queen’s Bench on Friday rejected a request to immediately suspend implementation of a new law that ends the Canadian Wheat Board’s wheat and barley marketing monopoly.

A Conservative government bill to end the CWB monopoly next August became law on Thursday evening, and the board’s former directors are seeking to have it struck down on the grounds that proper procedures were not followed.

Judge Shane Perlmutter set new hearings for Jan. 17-18 on whether to suspend the law while he decides on the broader question of whether to strike the law down.

Perlmutter declined a request to suspend the law until the January hearings.

Related story:

CWB 2.0 backs out of directors’ court challenge, Dec. 16, 2011

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