Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
Also, I'd like to say that this is the first time I've seen this. We have the member for Crowfoot and Senator Plett, for example, who've here the whole time sitting in the back. It shows the importance of this issue to western Canadians and western Canadian farmers, Mr. Chair. So perhaps we could extend the table on this side and borrow some on that side.
On behalf of constituents like the Adair family, the Bower family, and thousands of others across my riding, I'd like to thank Minister Ritz for bringing this bill forward. Freedom for farmers is something they have been looking to have for an awful long time.
I'd like to maybe bring the minister back to when he was first Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. I was sitting on this committee demanding an answer as to when we were actually going to get some movement on this. So it's great to see this, Minister, as it is a historic occasion. I would like to congratulate you on this.
One of the concerns that I do have, Minister, is all the fearmongering by the opposition to this bill. The tactics they have used to scare individuals don't seem to be getting any traction in western Canada. Even at this committee, we're hearing young farmers, entrepreneurs, and small businesses coming forward saying they see opportunities within this bill.
I'd like you to comment on the opportunities that you see for businesses in my riding, such as Westlock Terminals, and the independent terminals as a whole. Could you comment on the opportunities that you see being created for them through this bill?