Thank you very much.
I'll start by saying thank you to you both. It's nice to hear some voices from home.
I think part of the issue with Bill C-10 when it first came to the floor and as it has progressed at a rapid pace through the House of Commons has been that it pits sector against sector in terms of trading maintenance jobs for manufacturing jobs, and to the extent that it has serious consequences for the future of the maintenance industry in Winnipeg, it also risks pitting region against region. I think that's what Minister Stefanson was alluding to in her remarks.
Of course that's something we want to avoid. That's why in the NDP, Alexandre Boulerice from Quebec and I have been looking at this. We want to make sure that it doesn't encourage that kind of regional divide. Unfortunately I'm not convinced we are there yet.
I'll start my question to you, Minister Stefanson, just by saying congratulations on your new position and by telling you how pleased I am that on the first issue on which we've had occasion to work together, we're on the same side of the issue. May that long be the case.
I just want to say that earlier I tried to move a motion at this committee that would give time to the Canadian industry players, workers, and their representatives to make the business case for how we could keep this work in Canada. I think that's one of the issues at stake. We've got a federal government now that is pronouncing on the state of the industry in Canada and saying that Canadians can't do this work competitively. I don't think that's true. I don't think it's true of folks back in Manitoba.
You have a new government. You're getting used to these files. I'm just wondering if you would appreciate that time to work with people in Winnipeg to see if they can mount a business case for how they could do the work under the existing terms of the act.