Mr. Speaker, in the remaining minute of question period it is difficult to deal with the hour I spent with the committee earlier this week, which apparently the hon. member did not bother to attend. It is difficult in one minute.
Let me try to point out to him that shippers, that is the people who move grain, the producers, the railways and other groups such as pension funds that might want to invest in a transportation system will all have the opportunity to bid on the hopper cars when the time comes for us to dispose of them.
We will have open bidding. Obviously we have put restrictions on this to protect western shippers and western grain growers, to ensure there is an efficient transportation system. Nothing could be more damaging to the western producer and the western shipper than to have the railways in such a situation where they cannot meet costs and thus will continue to operate or use equipment which is inefficient or not in the best of condition.
The rail system in western Canada is run under adverse climatic and geographic conditions. We have to make sure we have an efficient system in the interests of the producers and the shippers-