Mr. Speaker, I agree with my colleague from Dartmouth that many aspects of the Speech from the Throne as we see it are frightening, I think is the term he used. However, my colleague probably knows that there is no business case, for instance, for abolishing the Canadian Wheat Board.
He might not be aware that my riding of Winnipeg Centre is the corporate headquarters of the Canadian Wheat Board. Those of us in Manitoba find this prospect in the Speech from the Throne that the Conservatives are going to abolish the Canadian Wheat Board absolutely frightening.
My colleague may or may not be aware of the 460 direct jobs, but 3,700 jobs support indirectly the administrative business operations of the Canadian Wheat Board. This is going to create an enormous black hole in the heart of my riding.
Not only does the Canadian Wheat Board get the best rate of return for Prairie farmers and minimize risk and provide a great service, this great Prairie institution if it goes down is going to create a vortex that is going to affect the entire agricultural sector in the province.
Is my colleague aware of this devastating impact and why then would his party vote for a Speech from the Throne and give tacit approval to abolishing the Canadian Wheat Board?