46. In addition to the other powers conferred upon it by this Act, the Board may endeavour to settle, conciliate or arbitrate any dispute arising on account or in the course of the application of this Act between the certified association and the producers, syndicates, specialized syndicates, federations, specialized federations, bureaus or the persons engaged in the marketing of a farm product or between any of such persons or bodies, if the dispute relates to any of the following matters:
(a) the right of a producer to belong or not to belong to a syndicate or specialized syndicate of his choice in accordance with section 2;
(b) the right of a syndicate or specialized syndicate to belong or not to belong to a federation or specialized federation in accordance with section 4;
(c) the right of a specialized syndicate to belong to a certified association in accordance with section 56;
(d) the status of producer of a person within the meaning of paragraph j of section 1;
(e) the obligation of a person or body to withhold assessments in accordance with sections 37, 38 and 39;
(f) the remittances to which a producer may be entitled under section 42.
Every arbitration award rendered by the Board under the first paragraph of this section is final and shall be binding upon the interested parties.
The Board may instruct a conciliation officer to meet the parties with a view to effecting an agreement respecting any dispute arising on account or in the course of the application of this Act, whether such dispute relates or not to the matters contemplated in the first paragraph.
1972, c. 37, s. 46; 1997, c. 43, s. 434.