|These comments are direct quotations from the Hansard
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.