As you know, we've been doing this for more than a decade. This time it was put in RCC, and then it was pulled out of RCC. We thought we had it made when the announcement was made in 2011 that the President and the Prime Minister said they were going to do it.
It's as simple as this: we want our farmers to be paid. Some of us about 10 years ago started this process, long before the RCC, because there were issues within Canada of some unscrupulous people not paying. They paid you for a while and then didn't pay you at all. We wanted legislation in place that would correct this situation.
Additionally, the Americans have been hounding us forever that they need a reciprocal system, because we've been treated like American farmers since they put the PACA trust in place in the U.S. They got a little ornery about this, because we were going down the road of putting a position in place and then we withdrew it.
As you know, a few years ago they therefore took away our preferential treatment in the U.S. To enact PACA now, we're just like any country in the world; you have to put up clear bonds to do it. You can complain to PACA, but to implement the whole PACA within the United States, you have to put some real money up. Most of the time you have to put up real estate or assets that are clear.
When you start thinking about that in any business, nobody is clear; they always have a bank or somebody behind them. They can't do that, so they can't use the PACA trust in the United States right now, truly, or most people can't. Most people don't go that far because they can't make it happen.
It's beyond me why it stopped. This is simple. We're not asking for money from the federal government. We never have.