Mr. Speaker, first let me say to my colleague that it is not a Canadian Wheat Board, although that is what it is called. It is the western Canadian wheat board.
The Canadian Wheat Board does not operate east of the Manitoba boundary. I am very interested in why that is. If the Canadian Wheat Board is so good for the west, why is it not a pan-Canadian program?
My position on the issue is that farmers should have a choice. They should be able to market through the Canadian Wheat Board if they choose. They should not be forced. I am actually one who believes the Canadian Wheat Board is not the only way to market, but it has merit. However, based upon a very simple premise, if the Canadian Wheat Board is so good, it will survive and survive with vigour. If, as some individuals say, it is not so good, it will wither on the vine.
Farmers need choice. An NDP individual who does not believe in choice for marketing is in my mind a difficult process for me to understand.