11/01/2011 03:56 EDT | Updated 01/01/2012 05:12 EST

Canadian Wheat Board supporters seek intervener status in court case

WINNIPEG - The Canadian Wheat Board is getting more support in its fight to stop the federal government from stripping the grain marketer of its monopoly.

The Council of Canadians and the Public Service Alliance of Canada want intervener status in a court challenge by a group called Friends of the Canadian Wheat Board.

The council says other groups will also be seeking such status as the case prepares to resume in Winnipeg on Dec. 6.

The public service alliance represents workers at the board, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the Canadian Grain Commission.

Alliance president John Gordon accuses the government of ignoring the wishes of farmers and putting the safety of the grain supply at risk.

Maude Barlow, who leads the Council of Canadians, says the government is being undemocratic.

The wheat board itself has also filed a lawsuit against the federal government.