Cuts begin at CWB as court challenge continues
First posted: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 08:39 AM CST | Updated: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 08:57 AM CST
The first job cuts have been handed out at the Canadian Wheat Board.
On Monday, 23 people were laid off. The organization is working on "right-sizing" its 400-member staff after a law passed in December means the CWB no longer has a monopoly on wheat and grain sales in Western Canada.
The board will continue to exist after the monopoly officially ends Aug. 1, but officials don't yet know how many of the jobs will remain.
Many of the 394 remaining staff are based at the CWB's head office in Winnipeg.
The former directors of the CWB are heading to a Winnipeg courtroom, seeking an injunction to stop the federal government's actions.
It calls for a halt of the implementation of the law pending a full court challenge as to its legality.
They began the suit before the federal bill became law, at which time the farmer-elected directors were dismissed from the Wheat Board. Five government-appointed directors have replaced them.
A constitutional lawyer says the manoeuvre has little chance of success. The courts have no ability to interfere with Parliament's right to enact laws, said Gerry Chipeur.
"Parliament can never, ever, be bound by the courts. It can't be done," Chipeur said.
Asked if the former directors were wasting their time with the lawsuit, Chipeur was blunt.
"Definitely," he said. "It's a very unusual request for which there is no precedent in our constitutional law. ... They're looking for a remedy that is clearly, under our constitutional theory, never allowed against a government."
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