Thank you very much. Indeed, it's an honour for me to be able to speak here today and to ask questions.
There was a comment earlier about the lack of Canadian taxpayer research dollars going to science and so on, but I remember a few years ago when I was in Germany with the science minister and we had an opportunity to talk to folks like those from the Liebniz and Helmholtz and Max Planck research institutes. Really, they were saying that per capita and per GDP, the Canadian taxpayer actually puts in just as much as any place else does. The fact is that we have difficulty getting our private sector linked in. Of course there are many reasons for that. One, of course, is that we have 37 million people. We have six time zones. We have 14 different government entities, and we aren't the main draw when it comes to businesses.
I think it's important that we recognize this. Canada has always done some amazing work, which is one of the reasons why amazing scientists, such as Mr. McDonald, are be able to do the great things that they do.
When we are talking about Health Canada, Mr. McDonald, you just mentioned that you were anticipating three to five days because that was what you were being assured by Health Canada. Unfortunately, a lot of other companies have been given similar assurances that once they have their applications in, things are going to happen for them. I hope that because of your appearance here at this committee, people will take note and we will see that happen.
I'm just wondering if there are certain things you have seen. Maybe you haven't experienced yet how approvals happen out of the United States or the European Union, while we are still waiting in Canada for Health Canada. Is the Canadian process working the way it should be in these particular times, and can we improve the approvals? Are there any impediments that you've heard about from those companies and researchers who have been trying to get their work onto the world stage ?