Thank you, Mr. Chair, and thank you, Minister.
Minister, I want to ask you about municipalities. A few weeks ago, this committee heard from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, which, as you know, has put forward a request to the federal government to receive in the neighbourhood of “at least”—that's what their letter said—$10 billion. What do you make of this ask? I wanted to get your thoughts on that.
From my perspective, it's interesting that their advocacy has failed to mention at all, really, the provinces, which is interesting, because obviously jurisdictionally the provinces have a key role in this. Municipalities exist as creatures of the provinces, as we all know.
Again, I just wanted to get your thoughts on the ask and the possible provincial role and need for that.