The puck I'll use as my gavel today is an Ottawa Senators puck, but in fairness to the Leafs, it is a Senators puck signed by Dion Phaneuf, who played for the Leafs. I will use that as my gavel today and call the meeting to order.
Welcome to meeting 11 of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates. The committee will meet today from 3:17 p.m. my time, which is 4:17 p.m. your time.
To ensure an orderly meeting, I would like to outline a few rules to follow.
Interpretation of the video conference will work very much the way it does in a regular committee meeting. You have the choice, at the bottom of your screen, of floor, English or French. In order to assist the interpreters, we would ask that when you speak, you choose the language you are speaking. Before speaking, please wait until I recognize you by name. When you're ready to speak, you can click on the microphone icon to activate your mike. When you're not speaking, please have your microphone on mute. To raise a point of order during the meeting, committee members should ensure their microphone is unmuted and say “point of order” to get the chair's attention.
In order to ensure social distancing in the committee room, if you need to speak privately with the clerk or analysts during the meeting, please email them through the committee email address. For those who are participating in the committee room, please note that masks are required unless seated and when physical distancing is not possible.
We have a busy day today. Just so that we're on time and we can move in camera.... Unfortunately, at this point in time, we're still working on that. We may not be able to move in camera. However, assuming that we can, in the second hour each party will have five minutes to speak. Then we will go in camera. If we are unable to go in camera, we will continue with the regular schedule of questions at that time.
With that said, I will now invite the Parliamentary Budget Officer to make his opening statement.
Monsieur Giroux, welcome.