That would have been an ideal time to make sure that the new entity had grain on the ground and could move forward. Instead, they just shut it down. That's really unfortunate, because there was an option for that to happen. That's why at royal assent other groups will be able to move forward, including the new entity. We'll be able to start offering those forward contracts in hedging at that point. That's one of the reasons we're pushing hard to get this done as quickly as possible.
I also find it very disturbing that as the board lost favour with farmers, they spent $65 million to $70 million, that we know of, on these lakers, without a lick of consultation with farmers. They took that money right out of the pool accounts, which was really unfortunate. Now they're spending money on lawyers and advertising campaigns without discussing it with farmers. It's actually coming back to bite them a little. Farmers are moving away, saying they've gone over the top.
If I had any warning at all, I'd say, “Slow down, check what you're doing, and come work with us to make sure this new entity has a chance to move forward. We will do our best to make sure it has a chance to get grain on the ground and farmers supplying it.”
At the same time we're also seeing farmers counter-suing the board for using their money like that. I think that's one option farmers will always have. It's unfortunate that it has to get tied up in the courts. From the legal opinions I've seen and been privy to, I don't see this as tying us up at all. I certainly look forward to hearing what any judge has to say about this. As you rightly point out, Mr. Martin has agreed with us on the supremacy of Parliament.