Documents released under Access to Information reveal the federal government’s attitudes to major changes in marketing Prairie grains.
One set shows how the departments of transport and agriculture argued that it was a waste of money to continue subsidizing exports via the Port of Churchill on James Bay.
The subsidy was more than $12 a tonne. Only the Canadian Wheat Board used it.
The other set of documents outlines opinions about Glencore acquiring Viterra.
The agriculture and transportation departments did not raise any significant concerns.
One document has been completely blocked from release – an economic analysis prepared for the Government of Saskatchewan.
There are significant sections of other documents blacked out.