I'd like to make a comment before I ask my next question. When the situation has stabilized, I think it will be time to present a budget with an overview of the recovery. The Parliamentary Budget Officer, when he came before this committee, said that it was urgent and absolutely necessary that there be not a budget, but an economic update so that we could take stock of the situation. We have been going through this crisis for several weeks now. Your words at the opening of this meeting testified to that. I am therefore reiterating my request.
I'll now move on to my question. On March 20 of this year, the Prime Minister announced a plan to mobilize industry to fight COVID-19. The goal was to establish an emergency supply chain in response to the crisis. I am talking about the Canadian industrial mobilization plan to address COVID-19.
Apart from a few names of companies that participated, we did not receive any updates on the results of the plan from this committee. Next week we will begin a study on self-sufficiency and supply chains. In this context, this information seems to us to be important, even crucial. So I'm going to ask you a series of quick questions about this plan.
Do you have any idea how much money has been invested in this plan by the various departments?
What was the production capacity for the products targeted by this plan?
Could these companies, under normal circumstances, continue this production and still be financially viable or, in reality, did this plan only involve a single amount of money being disbursed at the beginning?
Finally, what's the extra cost of making these products here instead of somewhere else?
I've asked you a lot of questions, but you can answer them based on what you know. Afterwards, if you or your officials could send your answers to the committee, we would appreciate it.