|These comments are direct quotations from the Hansard
Not Allowed to Sell Wheat
Mr. David Anderson (Cypress Hills - Grasslands, Canadian Alliance):
Madam Speaker, I am a prairie grain farmer. I can grow wheat, but I cannot
sell it. Federal law makes it illegal for any prairie farmer to market
wheat without a licence from the Canadian Wheat Board.
I would like to market my own wheat. I can market canola. I can market
oats. I can market lentils, canary seed, flax and rye, but not wheat.
I have invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in land and machinery.
Each year I purchase thousands of dollars worth of fuel and fertilizer to
see my wheat seeded, harvested and stored in my grain bins, but once it is
there I cannot sell it.
I can log on to the Internet and buy or sell items of any kind. I can
trade my vehicle, buy a horse, get a loan, or purchase land, but I cannot
sell my wheat.
I can travel around the world in a leaky air balloon, risk my life in
extreme sports, gamble away my assets in a casino, engage in high risk
business deals or try my luck on the stock market, but I cannot sell my
I am free to choose which political party I will belong to and which
religion I will adhere to. I can quit working, quit taking my medication
or even quit eating, but I am not allowed to sell my wheat.