Madam Speaker, I listened to the rhetoric of the last few minutes with great interest. During the campaign the member said “if elected, we will hold the government accountable”. Yet every single speech I have heard from him and other NDP members in this House has mentioned the Reform Party. They are constantly analysing Reform Party policies.
Could the member give some explanation of why he did not talk about Bill C-4, the bill before the House? He should recognize that farmers are supportive of the board but a vast majority of farmers, over 80%, are opposed to Bill C-4. Not once in his speech did he recognize that people of Saskatchewan, his rural constituents, are opposed to Bill C-4. He did not express any of their concerns with regard to this bill. I have many articles from the Western Producer that he could read. They are written by strong wheat board supporters who would like to have the wheat board held accountable for its performance, for higher returns, for more information, for more openness.
I do not understand why NDP MPs are not speaking up on behalf of their constituents. The board should be accountable and these NDP members should be accountable.
What is his position on Bill C-4?