Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
My thanks to the witnesses today. It really is regrettable that we have such short time periods within which to have these conversations, but I'm going to take some of my time to do something a little dangerous, just because I'm so impressed.
Dr. Willison, I'm going to begin by giving you a fair amount of laudatory comment and praise. It's dangerous for both of us, for me because I don't know you well enough to know for sure if I really understand what you're saying. If I'm wrong, I'll have egg on my face. It's dangerous for you, because I have no expertise whatsoever, so any praise I give you doesn't mean too much.
I want to say how impressed I was with your presentation, not only for the manner in which you presented it, but for the content. You would have every reason, perhaps, to take a partisan approach, but I see absolutely no partisanship in this whatsoever. I don't see any of the passive-aggressive government-bashing we often see. Instead, what I see is a good analysis and a practical solution. That's what I want to talk about, because I would identify with almost everything you say—with one or two minor exceptions. If I could, this would be the kind of recommendation I might make to the minister.
Before I pursue that, I should just say for the benefit of all the panellists that we want to be sure that you understand the scope of our job today. It's really in the end only to make recommendations to the minister about how he might proceed to develop a national conservation plan. We are not, ourselves, here to develop a national conservation plan, but we want to give the minister some grist for the mill, as it were, and to give him some direction.
One of the two things I want to ask you about, Dr. Willison, is the wiki idea. I knew you were a man after my own heart when you pointed out that even ordinary science is subject to error. I agree with you 100%. I think the wiki idea could be very helpful, but what sort of a secretariat or management scheme would you have, to make certain the input was as accurate as possible?