Thank you, Madam Chair.
Thank you to Mr. Fisher for bringing this bill today.
Thank you, Ms. Poter, for being with us today as an expert witness. I know you said that policy is not yours to make decisions on, but you referred to flexibility in multiple levels of government, so when you talked about recognizing different levels of government and how things are affected, that sort of got into it for me. That's why I want to ask you the question.
Mercury has been kicking around as a bad thing for a long time. As a high school kids, we used to steal it and put it in our pockets and take it home. That's what we did. The science teachers would go nuts when they didn't have any at the end of the year.
There is this sense of voluntary versus something.... In this piece here, we've taken out the “shall” and we have “may”. The word “must” is gone. There is no end mandate for something to be done. When there's legislation, in your world, that has a mandate versus being all voluntary and grassroots, what is the difference in end result? How long does it take? Is there a difference between having a mandate that says “in five years you will have something” from one level of government versus saying “we're going to work at this until we get something”?