Mr. Speaker, 200 years ago, people opposed to technological progress were known as Luddites.
Today's Luddites are called the NDP.
In 2004, the NDP claimed it wanted to support “family farms by expanding incentives for ethanol as a transitional fuel”.
In 2006, its party platform even called for Canadian ethanol to make up 10% of vehicle fuel by 2010.
Bill C-33 would create a mandate to kickstart a biofuel economy but what are the NDP members doing? They are voting against what they campaigned on two years ago.
The head of the UN environment program stated, “We have enough food on this planet to feed everyone”.
Canadians see biofuels as an important part of a diversified economy. The Saskatchewan and Manitoba provincial NDP leaders support biofuels, while the federal NDP opposes them.
The NDP has turned its back on farmers and on its own provincial leaders. The NDP refuses to support value added for farm families, stands against progress and cannot even be consistent from one year to the next.
It is no wonder Saskatchewan has turned its back on the NDP.