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NEWS: Barlow is lead speaker at Canadian Wheat Board rally

The Winnipeg Free Press is reporting, “Canadian author and activist Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians, is in Winnipeg today to denounce the end of the Canadian Wheat Board monopoly. The national voice for liberal policies is the lead speaker at a rally over the noon hour to support the wheat board’s stance against the Harper government. …About 140 farmers and other Canadian Wheat Board supporters gathered at Red River Exhibition Park this morning for the rally in support of the grain marketing agency.”

“Later this morning, a cavalcade of farmers, some in large grain trucks, will motor down Portage Avenue for part two of today’s rally in front of the Canadian Wheat Board’s offices on Main Street. …The route will take supporters from the Red River Exhibition Grounds east on Portage Avenue to Main Street. …The march starts at 11:30 and police think it will take about an hour to clear the route. Police will close Main Street at McDermot Avenue in front of the wheat board’s office until 1:30 p.m.”

Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow writes in an e-mail this hour, “Driving down the highway in a big red tractor. About 300 farmers at the first rally. We have a police escort. Have big Council banner on our truck. Tons of media.”

For background on our support of the Canadian Wheat Board, please see – UPDATE: Barlow to speak in defence of the Canadian Wheat Board, Oct. 28 in Winnipeg – at

More – including photos – to come.