Thank you, dear colleague.
I listened to your comments this morning and I must say it is unfortunate that you are not open to finding solutions. We all know there is a problem with the preservation of historic monuments in Canada. Through Bill C-323, my colleague is seeking to make certain provisions for preservation.
We understand that a bill is never perfect and that it will evolve. Our witnesses, particularly from the Department of Finance, raise some big question marks and seem to be closed, which I find disappointing.
You are here as managers, while we are parliamentarians and MPs. Since we wear different hats, I can understand that you have some reservations.
Mr. LeBlanc, I have some questions for you.
You stated in your presentation that one of the benefits of direct funding programs as compared to tax incentives is that they can give the government greater flexibility. They are not mutually exclusive, however. Why are you closed and why do you say that the proposed tax credit is not acceptable and is not the solution? I think it is a possible solution. We know it is not perfect, but that does not mean it should be ruled out.