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Agriculture committee  Thank you, Mr. Chair. That's an interesting discussion on the Wheat Board. I'll not get into it other than to say what the Wheat Board is now. It's just another grain company—it's as simple as that—that at some point in time, as most of the other corporate sectors do, will try to take advantage of grain farmers and not work in their interests as the old Canadian Wheat Board used to do.

November 27th, 2014Committee meeting

Wayne EasterLiberal

Canadian Wheat Board  Even though the new board is a government creation, its annual report tells us virtually nothing. At the time I asked my question, I said: the Canadian Wheat Board has never been as closed, secretive, and non-transparent as it is today. The Canadian Wheat Board now is the Canadian Wheat Board in name only. It used to be a board where the farmers elected a board of directors that represented their industry, with an annual report full of information.

October 30th, 2014House debate

Wayne EasterLiberal

Economic Action Plan 2015 Act, No. 1  As has been noted, this is the 100th time that time allocation has been brought in on legislation which we are seeing today, the budget implementation bill. We can also talk about the Canada Wheat Board, the pooled pensions, copyright legislation, back-to-work legislation with Canada Post and Air Canada, the first nations, the free trade agreements, and the list goes on. The only way in which the government has been able to deal with the legislative agenda as opposed to working with the opposition is to ram it through the House of Commons in an undemocratic fashion.

June 10th, 2015House debate

Kevin LamoureuxLiberal

Members not seeking re-election to the 42nd Parliament  It was a privilege to be here during such emotional votes as the one on Canada's access to medicines regime, advanced so capably by the Grandmothers for Africa, or during the battle for the Canadian Wheat Board and supply management. I have learned and grown with each posting, but never have I been more able to empathize with anyone as I have Canada's veterans. The absolute misery I have seen, particularly of those suffering from PTSD, and their caregivers, is beyond comprehension but cannot be beyond our willingness or ability to help relieve.

June 9th, 2015House debate

Frank ValerioteLiberal

Rail service  It was supposed to rectify the imbalance in market power between the farmers and railroads. The Conservatives took the Wheat Board out and had an opportunity to put something else in its place, and they did not. Bill C-52, an act to amend the Canada Transportation Act, was a great opportunity. We could have had a real rail act then.

February 2nd, 2015House debate

Mark EykingLiberal

Business of Supply  At the Canadian Firearms Program, there was Chief Superintendent Marty Cheliak, who was the director general; at the Canadian Wheat Board, Adrian Measner was the president and CEO; at the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, Linda Keen was president; at Foreign Affairs, we had Richard Colvin, diplomat; the head of the Military Police Complaints Commission was Peter Tinsley; the Ombudsman for the Department of National Defence and Canadian Forces was Yves Côté; the former parliamentary budget officer, Kevin Page, was dealing with funding cuts; at the RCMP complaints commission, Paul Kennedy was chair; at the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development, also known as Rights and Democracy, Rémy Beauregard was president; at Statistics—

May 26th, 2015House debate

Kevin LamoureuxLiberal

Business of Supply  To give a list, there is the Canadian firearms program director general, Marty Cheliak; Adrian Measner from the Canadian Wheat Board; Linda Keen from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission; Richard Colvin from foreign affairs ; Peter Tinsley, who was the head of the Military Police Complaints Commission; Yves Côté, who was the ombudsman for the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces; former parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page; and Paul Kennedy, who was the chair of the commission for public complaints regarding the RCMP.

May 26th, 2015House debate

Kevin LamoureuxLiberal

Business of Supply  We will remember the firing of chief superintendent, Marty Cheliak, director general of the Canadian firearms program; the Wheat Board chair, Adrian Measner, president and CEO; Linda Keen, from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission; Richard Colvin, diplomat from Foreign Affairs; Peter Tinsley, the military police complaints commissioner; Yves Côté, the ombudsman for National Defence and the Canadian Forces; and the budget officer, Kevin Page, who left.

May 26th, 2015House debate

Frank ValerioteLiberal

Agriculture committee  The number is not available, which I'm surprised the guys opposite are not excited about because they asked everything about the old Wheat Board when it was there and it was always in the audited report. For the old Wheat Board the numbers were always there. In any event, we are where we are. One of the concerns I hear about a lot is research positions not being filled.

November 27th, 2014Committee meeting

Wayne EasterLiberal

Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act  Speaker, what a line we are getting from the member who is probably as much responsible as the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food for destroying the Canadian Wheat Board as a marketing institution in this country. As we know, that has cost farmers a great deal of money. Now we cannot even get any information on that Wheat Board. Be that as it may, the member can try and exaggerate all the stories he would like.

November 26th, 2014House debate

Wayne EasterLiberal

Canadian Wheat Board  The government never gave them that opportunity. The Conservatives just destroyed the old Canadian Wheat Board with the stroke of a pen, by legislation. The member talks about a marketing opportunity. It is only a selling opportunity, and the new system is allowing the grain companies to gouge farmers very considerably.

October 30th, 2014House debate

Wayne EasterLiberal

Economic Action Plan 2014 Act, No. 2  They created the deficit, they caused more problems for the pork industry, and they killed the Wheat Board, even though a majority of the farmers said that they wanted to keep—

October 30th, 2014House debate

Kevin LamoureuxLiberal

Anti-terrorism Act, 2015  However, we are talking about national security. We are talking about doing things right. The member and I fought over the Wheat Board. That is fine. We will put that behind us for the moment. However, I would ask the member to talk to his current House leader. When I was chair of the fisheries committee and the parliamentary secretary, the current House leader and I actually worked together.

February 19th, 2015House debate

Wayne EasterLiberal

Victims Bill of Rights Act  He has, through the government House leader, brought in well over 80 times time allocation on a wide variety of different pieces of legislation, everything from budgets to pensions to the Canadian Wheat Board, and today it is Bill C-32. Since achieving his majority government, the Prime Minister has brought in closure, and that is what time allocation is, more than any other government in the history of our relatively young nation.

February 4th, 2015House debate

Kevin LamoureuxLiberal

Canadian Wheat Board  Mr. Speaker, the Canadian Wheat Board has never been as closed, secretive and non-transparent as it is today. There is no data in the annual report, no financial statements and no examination by the Auditor General. This agency, concocted and directed by the government, is playing with hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer money and, worse still, hundreds of millions of dollars in assets originally taken from western Canadian farmers.

September 26th, 2014House debate

Wayne EasterLiberal