It just wasn't the best use of half-a-million dollars.

That from Potage-Lisgar MP Brian Pallister after the Canadian Wheat Board handed out Christmas Stress Bonuses last month, at the heels of heavy debate on the board's future.

He calls the decision deeply misguided and is confident there are better ways to spend the money.

Pallister says wheat board employees at the monopoly don't deserve to be treated any differently than farmers, and believes the directors were only trying to score political points.