Thank you, Mr. Chair. It's a pleasure to be here tonight.
Actually, I can give Mr. Martin an example in terms of the malting barley. All he has to do is drive to Great Falls, Montana, and you can see the huge malt plant from 20 miles away that should have been built in Alberta or Saskatchewan and was not built there. The reason it was built in Montana was because of the Canadian Wheat Board and the marketing system we've got.
The one other problem that Mr. Martin doesn't seem to understand is the board does not have a mandate to maximize profit. That's not what their mandate is in the present bill. Their mandate is actually to order the market. There's no demand that they maximize anything for anybody, other than that they market grain in an orderly fashion.
Our party has fought long and hard for freedom. We mentioned they fought long and hard for more meetings, but we will continue to fight for that.
I want to talk specifically about some of the research in terms of varieties that are grown and approved. SPARC, the research station at Swift Current, is in my riding. They've been responsible for developing the majority of the wheats that have been grown in western Canada. Many of them have been developed and then were not approved because of our grading and marketing system.
I'm just wondering, and I would like Mr. Vandervalk and Richard Phillips to also contribute to this with their comments, about any of the information that you might have found in your working group time that would address the issue of new varieties being approved and the opportunities that will be coming from that. I think they'll be extensive, from what I understand of the past system. I'm just wondering, did you do any work on that issue?
I was interested when Kelly asked her question and Steve talked about malt barley and marketing it, but I'm just wondering if he has any comments on new varieties and those things that might be available.