I'll continue that line of questioning.
Mr. Gupta, you talked about the importance of access to markets, to capital, and to talent. All of us have been talking about access to markets, the use of the TCS to connect businesses to businesses.
From my experience on the trade committee for several years now, and having done a fair amount of travel overseas, I've seen that happen. I've seen our trade commissioner service actually tracking this data, and there's probably more that needs to be done there. But simply throwing more resources at them, I don't think is always the answer either.
I mean, we've heard complimentary things about the TCS for many years now at this trade committee, but the reality is that these are temporary postings. These people aren't there for the rest of their lives, except for the locally engaged staff. They're typically there for two or three years. It takes them a year simply to re-connect with the connections that the previous trade commissioner service established, and then they have about a year and a bit before they start thinking of their next posting. So there is this transitional complication that's added to this.
I want to open it up to all three of the presenters today to talk about the follow-up side, because I think, Ms. Wright, you're absolutely correct, we're good at aspirational objectives here, but the hard work is getting it done and concluding it.
I don't disagree with my colleague, Mr. Pacetti, in terms of the challenges that SMEs face. It's exactly as he described, where they will be distracted by urgent situations.
With the time we have left, all three of you, how would you increase the access to capital?
We'll start with you, Mr. Gupta. How would you make Canada a more attractive place for this international talent you have identified?