I thank all the witnesses for their opening statements.
Dr. Vandelac, I'd like to start with you. You talked about pesticides, and about glyphosate in particular. I remember a case that also had a lot of public debate on it, and that was when Health Canada was dealing with safety code 6. There was a lot of back and forth over the wireless radiation limits and whether or not they were safe. Ultimately, because people didn't trust Health Canada and didn't trust all of the scientific studies out there with all the competing viewpoints, Health Canada went to the Royal Society of Canada and asked them to do an extensive literature review and come out and talk about it.
I normally put a lot of trust in our public institutions, but I'm just wondering; with glyphosate, Health Canada has come out and said they follow a “transparent and rigorous science-based regulatory process” when making decisions on this. We have, of course, the statement by Bayer that it's a perfectly safe product. But this study is on public perception and trust. When Canadians are bombarded by all of this competing information, and they're not quite equipped to sort out the different competing views, then ultimately do we need something like the Royal Society of Canada to weigh in on this, to do something similar to what they did for safety code 6?