Mr. Speaker, it is early March and the phone rings at the Canadian Wheat Board office:
"And good morning to you, Mr. Minister. Did you consider our request for an increase in initial wheat prices for farmers?"
"No, no, of course not, Mr. Minister, we haven't said anything publicly. We certainly know how you feel about that. But that is nearly two months from now, Mr. Minister. Do you not realize that we are over half the way through the crop year? With this horrible transportation mess you have allowed, our phones are ringing off the hook. Farmers need cash. You know it is their money and there is quite a bit of it considering how low you made the initial price last summer."
"An election in the spring. Oh I see, I see. You certainly are a wily old politician."
"Yes, yes, okay sure. You bet. We will definitely delay our request for another six or seven weeks. We will await your call in late April. You have a nice day too, Mr. Minister. And good luck in the election. You are going to need it."