Two people can play that game. If the hon. member thinks that he can tell eastern Canadians they are off limits when it comes to debating the wheat board, there are people who might want to say to members of the Reform Party “You are from Saskatchewan” or “You are from Alberta” or “You are from Manitoba and because of some residency clause you cannot speak”. I think that members of the Reform Party would be offended. If they were offended they would be right.
When we come to the House we all enjoy equal rights. We do not have a residency clause. We do not say to the people in the west that they cannot talk about a problem in Quebec or in the maritimes. We so not say to people in eastern Canada that they cannot say anything about farm issues in the west. The Reform Party simply does not get it.
I will address the member's question about monopoly. He seemed to imply in his question that we did not address monopoly. I have another small fact for the Reform Party. We did. We left it in place because prairie farmers want single desk selling. They want an agency. They want the Canadian Wheat Board to sell their grain. Why do they want single desk selling? Because the Canadian Wheat Board has proven over and over again that it is the best in the marketplace. Nobody can touch it. That has been shown.
When the Reform Party says that we have not addressed monopoly, we have. We have addressed it because farmers want single desk selling. If they want it, that is what they are going to have, and they deserve it.