Colleagues, we're prepared to begin. I see a quorum.
This is the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills Development, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities. This is meeting 49, on Tuesday, November 1.
We are having further witnesses today, some through video conference and some in person. I see on our list here at least five witnesses; we welcome you all.
Eventually the transcripts of these proceedings will be available on the Internet. This committee hopes to present a report to Parliament and to the public; it will also be available on the Internet. This is a series of meetings we're holding to gather evidence; at some point, the committee will have to come to some conclusions and make some recommendations.
Our first witness, Pierre Vigeant, director general of the Fédération québécoise des centres communautaires de loisir, has about three minutes to make a statement. We'll go through our witness list, and then we'll go the rounds with the parties with a question and answer session.
Mr. Vigeant, please begin.