Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said Thursday the government will appeal a federal court judge's ruling that the Conservative cabinet overstepped its authority in trying to end the monopoly.
"We in the government have not hidden the fact we are disappointed with the decision of that federal court," Ritz said while standing next to grain bins at farm in Balgonie, Sask.
Instead, lawyers have been asked to file an appeal in the Federal Court of Appeal. Ritz couldn't say how long that might take, but said it will happen well within a deadline date of Oct. 10. He was also vague on the legal details, but insisted that the government's arguments "are solid and defensible."...
"What this shows from the Harper government is absolute arrogance and contempt for the courts and for Parliament," said Wayne Easter, the Liberal's agriculture critic.
"What are the legal grounds for this appeal? They haven't mentioned any of those," said Easter.
"These actions create further uncertainty, damage the credit rating and certainly damage Canada's international reputation abroad when a government will not abide by a court decision and the law of the land."
The CWB does not believe there is a strong legal ground for an appeal.
"We had a very strong case when we launched our judicial review and received a decisive decision," Flaman said in an interview in White City, Sask., just outside Regina.
I don't claim to be a lawyer, but from all appearances the original ruling was pretty unambigious about proper channels for "reform". I don't see how an appeal could be successful, but if the Conservatives want more bad press, let the political tin ear guide.
Actually, this appeal looks more like bitter stubbornness, than a coherent strategy. The government knows Parliament isn't an option, nor is the CWB democratic process, so rather than just give up, the sanctimonous press on.
This issue represents the best case example of what type of government we would have if the Conservatives were to achieve a majority. On this file, we see the repressed ideologues forget the appearances and the poll driven makeup. No respect for process, manipulation, smears, dishonest choices, bully tactics and now sore losers, with a vindictive streak. As it relates to the CWB, this is the real "new" government, uncensored and hardly attractive.