You're right. I agree with that.
But I'll tell you what. We have invited the four ministers. The four ministers are coming, and the minister has the prerogative to bring someone else along.
I have asked that those four ministers give a very brief presentation. I guess I didn't ask that. It was just understood that this is what normally happens. When you have two ministers, they each give a presentation. We have four. I'm not going to have 10-minute or 15-minute presentations. They have been told that if they're going to do four, they're going to be very short and precise. I can talk to them today and try to get that down a little bit more.
We have another committee meeting after this, and there are two motions that we have to discuss. I'm willing to go to Madame Lalonde.
I understand the problem here. I understand what an opposition member would be feeling. The opposition would be saying, are you just loading up so we can hear great, wonderful speeches from the government? I have asked them not to do that, to keep those presentations very concise and allow questions.
And in fact what we will do, because time might be of the essence—we have a vote—is not go Liberal, Bloc, Conservative, but go Liberal, Bloc, NDP, Conservative. If we run out of time, I want the opposition to get their time.
An hon. member: Did you tell them a time?
The Chair: They were going to come with 10 minutes, and I said, listen, it's not going to be over seven. I can try to tell them to cut that back even more.
But I understand the frustrations of seeing five people sitting there. It's my understanding that they will not all be presenting, but they may be here.
An hon. member: Let's go to the motions.