Mr. Speaker, I enjoyed the comments of the hon. member opposite.
At times I am a little uneasy with the government investing my money. If I want to invest money and lose it, and I probably would, I would take the loss.
Recently in Saskatchewan in my constituency the federal government put $22 million or more into an ethanol plant. Up the road on the same line the provincial government, along with an American investment firm, was building an ethanol plant but it fell through. Because it fell through, the provincial government lost several million dollars of taxpayers' money.
A company in which one invests has to be accountable for that money. Therefore the government, provincial or federal, must be accountable to the ratepayers for the money it has lost.