"To say that I'm extremely disappointed to hear that the Canadian Wheat Board is unwilling to discuss change for western Canadian producers would be an understatement," Gerry Ritz, the agriculture minister, said in a conference call with reporters Wednesday afternoon.
Earlier in the day, the wheat board's chairman, Ken Ritter, said the marketing agency had decided against holding further talks with Ritz on barley because of a lack of "common ground" between the two sides.
Asked about the prospect of a spring election derailing the government's plans, Ritz was blunt.
"It means that the board has sufficiently stalled things long enough that they'll survive until after the election," he said. "When we come back with a majority, then all bets are off."
Indeed. I think we've just found a replacement for "When I get through with Canada you won't recognize it" as the Truly Terrifying Conservative Quote for the upcoming campaign.
H/T to Buckdog, POGGE, and Chet Scoville of Vanity Press who wins the booby prize for the best post title: "Nice Wheat Board; Be a Shame If Something Happened to It."