Saying he is frustrated by the Conservative government "attack" on the Canadian Wheat Board, a board director plans to represent the Liberals in the next federal election.
Rod Flaman, an Edenwold area farmer, was to be acclaimed Thursday night as the federal Liberal candidate for Regina-Qu'Appelle.
Flaman, a farmer-elected director with the Canadian Wheat Board, said the Conservative government's attempt to dismantle the board's monopoly on barley sales is one of the main reasons he is entering the federal political fray.
Flaman was himself once a vocal opponent of the Canadian Wheat Board's monopoly on wheat and barley exports. He was among a number of farmers who protested the single-desk system of selling in the 1990s, when the federal Liberals were in office.
But after being elected as a Canadian Wheat Board director in 2000, he came to call the wheat board a success story.
The Liberals finished a respectable third in this riding(23 %) in 2006 and Flaman would appear to have an interesting perspective on the entire barley debate. Throw in the new equalization formula, and the Liberals might just be onto something.