Thank you, Madam Chair.
Thank you, Minister, and to the senior officials here. It's a real pleasure to have you.
I would like to focus on what I see as being some good news in these estimates. When one sees an increase for Parks Canada, from 2015-16, going from $1.36 billion up to $1.389 billion in 2017-18, that's a solid increase. Environmental assessment going from $29.2 million in 2015-16 to $34 million, that's again another solid increase. Environment Canada has a slightly lesser increase.
The story I see playing out is increased expenditures by the federal government to ensure that the public interest is pursued, whether it's by Environment Canada, the Environmental Assessment Agency, or Parks Canada.
Before I ask my next question, which might be a little more challenging, do you see that as being, for the average Canadian, a good-news story that the federal government has more money invested in these key environmental agencies?