These comments are direct quotations from the Hansard documents.

Liberal Patronage

Mr. David Anderson (Cypress Hills—Grasslands, CPC): Mr. Speaker, the Canadian Wheat Board is rapidly becoming a Liberal patronage rest home. After the last election the campaign manager for the present Canadian Wheat Board minister was hired as the board's lobbyist. Now that same minister has appointed a director whose main qualifications are his Liberal connections and his donation of more than $15,000 to the Prime Minister's leadership campaign.

Why is the government making prairie farmers pay the Prime Minister's political debts?

Hon. Reg Alcock (President of the Treasury Board and Minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, we are still waiting for that member to apologize for the allegations he last made about the Wheat Board.

Leaving that for the moment, he may be interested to know that the Wheat Board does considerable business internationally, has considerable interests in the WTO, and considerable interests in China. The member chosen has experience in all of those fields and is eminently well qualified to be a member of the board.

Mr. David Anderson (Cypress Hills—Grasslands, CPC): Mr. Speaker, when the Wheat Board legislation was rewritten, the government required that five directors be appointed by the government so that it could keep control of the board. These appointments have become more and more political. The latest is William Cheuk, who along with his business partners have donated more than $100,000 to the Prime Minister and Liberal Party. He has little agricultural expertise.

Why are western Canadian farmers paying for Liberal patronage appointments?

Hon. Reg Alcock (President of the Treasury Board and Minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, the member will know that the government does not appoint a majority of the members of the board. We only appoint five. We appoint one from Manitoba, one from Alberta, two from Saskatchewan, and then we alternate between Ontario and B.C. In this case, we chose an individual who has experience before the WTO, experience in marketing internationally and experience in marketing in China. He is an excellent appointment.