There are no soft-fruit processors in Canada. They're gone.
First let me make one point. We're not talking about a bailout here. We're not talking about a handout. We're not talking about grants. What this industry needs is a loan program, and that's fundamentally what we're talking about. As I said, if you had taken the biofuels initiative five years ago, that $2 billion—there's not a lot of that left—and if you had done the same thing and put it into modernizing this industry, today you'd be 60% to 70% of the way down the road. We'd be competitive, and you'd probably have $1.89 billion of it left, because it would be being paid back.
We see that on a smaller scale in Alberta with AFSC. As the president of the AFSC will tell you, the people in the processing sector are the ones who pay back the best. Of the portfolios that default, the fewest come from the processing side. That's what we're talking about.
The impact would be that it would keep Canadian industries that are here today.
I have one anecdote: one of my members got some support to automate a line, and he took 10 people off that line and replaced with them with two. Those two people were highly trained technicians instead of basic hourly-wage workers. Doing that met our labour strategy because the rest of them actually were needed immediately in other jobs within the plant, so that achieved a whole number of things.
We've had multinationals withdraw from this country. At our round table, the Canadian head of PepsiCo Frito-Lay indicated that they had made an investment in Canada in Alberta because of the financial program that was there for support. I would suggest that having a program of that nature in place would also encourage foreign multinationals to invest in facilities in this country as well, because we have the great agricultural base here to draw upon.