Grain bid bickering.
The Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) and grain companies are already bickering over the federal agency's new tendering process. Grain companies claim the cards are stacked against them, so they have refused to participate in the process that was intended to make the grain transportation system more commercial, competitive and accountable. CWB recently issued the first call for tenders to supply it with up to 25 per cent of its grain this year. CWB retains its monopoly on wheat and barley exports. But only a few small operations in Saskatchewan have bid on tenders. They are supplying only 17,000-tonnes of the 250,000-tonne tender call, while the major companies say they were being asked to shoulder an unacceptable share of risk. A spokesperson for CWB challenges that claim, saying any party that does not live up to its end of the bargain will be penalized, including CWB.