I call this meeting to order.
Welcome to meeting number 18 of the House of Commons Special Committee on the Canada–People’s Republic of China Relationship. Pursuant to the order of reference of May 16, 2022, the committee is meeting for its study of Canada-People's Republic of China relations, with a focus on investment funds.
I would like to make a few comments for the benefit of the witnesses and members.
Today's meeting is taking place in a hybrid format, pursuant to the House order of June 23, 2022. Members are attending in person in the room and remotely using the Zoom application.
Please wait until I recognize you by name before speaking. For those participating by video conference, click on the microphone icon to activate your mike, and please mute yourself when you are not speaking.
For interpretation for those on Zoom, you have the choice at the bottom of your screen—a little planet earth—of floor, English or French. For those in the room, of course, you can use the earpiece and select the desired channel.
I remind you that all comments should be addressed through the chair.
For members in the room, if you wish to speak, please raise your hand. For members on Zoom, please use the “raise hand” function. The clerk and I will manage the speaking order as best we can, and we appreciate your patience and understanding in this regard.
In accordance with the committee's routine motion concerning connection tests for witnesses, I am informing the committee that all witnesses completed the required connection tests in advance of the meeting. We'll do our best to make sure the technical quality remains high, but it's something we are certainly watchful for out of deference to our interpreters, who can sometimes have a very difficult time dealing with things when the audio quality goes bad on us.
We have some visitors. MP John McKay is substituting for MP Serge Cormier. MP Emmanuel Dubourg is a participant on the screen, so he is appearing as Emmanuel Dubourg. MP Sonia Sidhu will be substituting for MP Serge Cormier a bit later. We are expecting MP Ed Fast a bit later in place of Mr. Seeback. I'd also like to welcome Mr. Dowdall to the committee tonight. It's good to have you all here.
Now it's time to begin hearing from our witnesses. We have Dr. Mathieu Arès, full professor at the Université de Sherbrooke.
Go ahead, Mr. Trudel.