Wheat board appeal moves ahead despite ruling that struck down claims

The group Friends of the Canadian Wheat Board says it is moving ahead with a multibillion-dollar lawsuit against the federal government despite a court ruling in the fall.

SWIFT CURRENT, Sask. — The group Friends of the Canadian Wheat Board says it is moving ahead with a multibillion-dollar lawsuit against the federal government despite a court ruling in the fall.

The lawsuit is over legislation that removed the wheat board’s marketing monopoly on western wheat and barley sales.

Board supporters are seeking $17 billion in damages.

In November, a Federal Court justice struck down parts of the lawsuit that alleged expropriation and interference with economic relations.

Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz has said the ruling underscored the right of western Canadian farmers to market their own grain.

Stewart Wells, chairman of friends of the wheat board, says the appeal will seek to have all the claims reinstated in the lawsuit.