|These comments are direct quotations from the Hansard
CWB Elections Not In Compliance With Law
Mr. Dick Proctor (Palliser,
NDP): Mr. Speaker, a politically motivated group is again backing
anti-Wheat Board candidates and thumbing its nose at rules and regulations
to ensure free and fair elections. By refusing to register as a third
party, this group is funnelling money from grain companies and railroads
to fund anti-Wheat Board candidates without disclosing from where that
money is coming.
It is a repeat actually of what happened the last time there were Canadian
Wheat Board elections. Would the minister responsible please explain why
the government refuses to take the steps necessary to ensure that Canadian
Wheat Board elections are conducted fairly, honestly and in compliance
with the law?
Hon. Ralph Goodale (Minister of Public Works and Government Services,
Minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board and Federal Interlocutor
for Métis and Non-Status Indians, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, there is a
procedure in place to ensure just that. If there are violations of the
rules, those violations can be investigated and the appropriate steps can
be taken. If there are facts that are being alleged here that should be
drawn to the attention of either me under the law or the election
coordinator, I would welcome that information and the appropriate
adjudication will take place.