Madam Speaker, I will get to my question in a minute. First I would like to say that the refusal of the Liberal government to address the monopoly of the Canadian Wheat Board means that it will continue to not be subject to competition. It will continue to not have to get the best price for farmers' grain. Canadian farmers will be forced to continue to accept far below world market prices for the grain they grow.
I was raised on a farm. The reason I chose a career other than farming is because there is no money in farming. I was forced to embark on a career other than what I might have had simply for economic reasons and simply because of the fact that the Canadian Wheat Board has been keeping farmers poor and not giving them the price for their grain which they deserve.
I resent eastern politicians and Ottawa lawyers telling my family, my friends, my neighbours and the constituents I represent “Here is how you must market your grain. You must accept lower than market value because we are going to dictate how you do it. But that does not apply to Ontario. It does not apply to the people we represent, but you people out west have to accept what we tell you”.
How dare they have the audacity and the contempt to force the bill down the throats of western farmers.