Mr. Speaker, yesterday I spoke to Nick Parsons on his cellphone. Nick, a farmer in my riding, is into the second week of his combine odyssey from Farmington to Ottawa aboard “Prairie Belle”, his big red combine.
Nick hopes to open the eyes of the Prime Minister to the plight of Canada's farmers. According to Nick, “If the Prime Minister won't stand up for farmers, he should step aside for someone who will”.
When I spoke to Nick he was having coffee with farmers at a Massey dealership in Watrous before heading for Yorkton, Saskatchewan. He described his trip as tears and fears, a very emotional journey.
On Monday a priest stopped Nick's combine to talk about his fears regarding farmers in his parish on the verge of committing suicide. At the end of their conversation the priest reached into his wallet and donated $20 to Nick's survival of the family farm trust fund.
I commend Nick on his monumental journey and encourage Canadians to give him a supportive call at area code 250, 784-4677.
Keep her between the ditches, Nick.