Madam Speaker, I have made one observation. Many of the members opposite have not answered our questions. A couple of days ago we asked a question with regard to the CEO of the Canadian Wheat Board.
Many people watching probably do not realize that with Bill C-4 the minister has actually retained and increased his power to manage the board. He has left the most important appointment, the appointment of the chief executive officer, in his hands. He has the power to appoint that person. With that power the chief executive officer can make decisions from day to day in the workings of the board that farmers have no control over.
The Canadian Wheat Board is not the biggest problem farmers have. Farmers have huge problems with the transportation system and with the heavy taxation this government imposes upon them. Farmers pay an inordinate amount of tax. It is terrible.
In terms of the transportation problem, the chief executive officer can continue to dictate where the grain will be sent. At the present time in my riding farmers are very concerned that the Canadian Wheat Board has been forcing them to ship their grain through Thunder Bay and through Vancouver. They could save $25 to $30 a tonne by shipping it through Churchill. But they always get the answer from all the people in the wheat board that for one reason or another they cannot ship it through Churchill. If the government is giving control to the farmers, it has refused to answer why the farmers cannot appoint the CEO who would be directly accountable to them.
Does this member have any comments on what I have just said? This is a very critical question which the government has left unanswered. I see no people over there ready to jump up and answer it because I know they cannot. Just like all the other questions we have asked, they cannot answer.