Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Just before you proceed, I just want to establish for the record that normally a committee moves to clause-by-clause analysis of a bill after they're satisfied that they've heard all the witnesses that they wish to hear or need to hear. Quite often, that study would include a tour across the country, especially on a bill of this nature, which can have a profound economic impact on the region that's represented by the Canadian Wheat Board.
I want to state categorically that I condemn in the strongest possible terms the fact that we are being denied the ordinary due process to allow this committee to do its due diligence in studying and providing oversight and scrutiny of the true impact of this bill on the rural prairie economy.
I can tell you, Mr. Chair, that I'm not alone in this point of view. I believe that my colleague from the Liberal Party feels, and I know that my colleague from the Green Party does, and we all feel that our rights as members of Parliament are being infringed upon, to the point where we're being denied the opportunity to do the job the people of Canada elected us to do, and that is to test the merits of legislation with rigorous debate, well-reasoned research and comment, and to hear from the very people that his bill in fact affects the most, which is rural prairie farmers.
So far, we're being asked to buy a pig in a poke. We're being asked to accept the anecdotal whims and notions of the Minister of Agriculture and his buddy, his parliamentary secretary. On their anecdotal survey and review of in talking to a few of their neighbours, they've decided to dismantle a six-billion-dollar-a-year corporation without even a business plan to take its place.
Let me say, Mr. Chairman, while I have the floor, that I disagree profoundly with the process. I resent it profoundly. In my 14 years as a member of Parliament, I have never seen the process of parliamentary procedure undermined and sabotaged in such a way. I challenge anyone here to show me an example ever in the history of Canada when a bill has been rammed through with this speed and without the oversight and the due diligence.
Again, I declare for the record that we think we are entering into a profound mistake, that we are doing a disservice to the people of Canada. We are not being allowed to do our jobs as parliamentarians. I resent it profoundly and declare it so. I want it on the record that this proceeding is a sham and a travesty.