I call this meeting to order.
Welcome to meeting number 37 of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates. The committee is meeting today from 4:31 p.m. to 5:31 p.m. to hear from witnesses as part of its study of the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
I would like to take this opportunity to remind all participants in this meeting that taking screenshots or taking photos of your screen is not permitted.
To ensure an orderly meeting, I would like to outline a few rules to follow.
Interpretation in this video conference will work very much like in a regular committee meeting. You have the choice at the bottom of your screen of “floor”, “English” or “French”. Before speaking, please wait until I recognize you by name. When you are ready to speak, you can click on the microphone icon to activate your mike. When you are not speaking, your mike should be on mute.
To raise a point of order during the meeting, committee members should ensure that their microphone is unmuted and say “point of order” to get the chair’s attention.
The clerk and the analysts are participating in the meeting virtually today. If you need to speak with them during the meeting, please email them through the committee email address. The clerk can also be reached on his mobile phone.
For those who are participating in the committee room, please note that masks are required for all staff at all times. MPs may remove their masks only when they are seated.
At this point, we're asking for five minutes of opening statements.
I will now invite Mr. Dyck to make a five minute presentation.