We will call the meeting to order.
Welcome to meeting number 19 of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance.
Pursuant to the order of reference of January 27 of this year, the committee is meeting to study Bill C-224, an act to amend An Act to authorize the making of certain fiscal payments to provinces, and to authorize the entry into tax collection agreements with provinces.
Today's meeting is taking place in the hybrid format pursuant to the House order of January 25, and therefore members are attending in person in the room and remotely using the Zoom application. The proceedings will be made available via the House of Commons website. So that you are aware, the webcast will always show the person speaking rather than the entirety of the committee.
Today's meeting is also taking place in the new webinar format. Webinars are for public committee meetings and are available only to members, their staff and witnesses.
I'd like to take this opportunity to remind all participants in this meeting that screen shots or taking photos of your screen is not permitted, similar to rules in the House of Commons.
With that, I'd like to welcome our first witness, who is Gabriel Ste-Marie. This is his private member's bill, Bill C-224.
We will go to witnesses from the CRA and Finance in the second hour.
We are starting later, and we have an experimental vote on the other system at 7:15 Ottawa time, but I'm told we will have time to get two hours in.
The first hour will go to Mr. Ste-Marie.
Mr. Ste-Marie, the floor is yours. Welcome.