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Court Says Farm Minister Broke Law Over Wheat: report

A Canadian judge on Wednesday said that federal agriculture minister Gerry Ritz broke the law by not consulting with the Canadian Wheat Board or holding a farmer vote before moving to end the board's grain marketing monopoly, according to a Reuters report.

"Had a meaningful consultative process been engaged to find a solution which meets the concerns of the majority, the present legal action might not have been necessary," Justice Douglas Campbell reportedly wrote in his decision. "...The minister will be held accountable for his disregard for the rule of law."

The court declaration does not have the power to derail approval of a government bill to break the monopoly, but it gives the Wheat Board ammunition in its public campaign calling for Ottawa to let farmers decide its fate, Reuters said. The government said it will appeal the decision.

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