Mr. Ray Funk (Prince Albert-Churchill River):
Madam Speaker, yesterday the Minister of Agriculture kicked the legs out from under the Canadian Wheat Board and the co-operative grain marketing system.
By unilaterally opening a continental market for barley, the minister is threatening the work of four
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generations of farmers to use democracy and mutual self-help to improve their position in the market.
It gives me pleasure today to announce that it remains the position of the New Democratic Party to fully reinstate barley under the Canadian Wheat Board Act.
We know where the government stands. I would like to challenge the Liberal Party to make its position crystal clear as well.
Why is the minister doing it now? By making his announcement in the middle of the Alberta election campaign, he is clearly signalling that a few votes in southern Alberta are more important than maintaining the most successful grain marketing system in the world.
Subtopic: CANADIAN WHEAT BOARD