Thank you very much, Mr. Conacher. I appreciate you coming to join us. I have certainly followed much of your work through my interest in politics over the last number of years, and I continue to now while having the honour to serve in Parliament.
I'm troubled by the decision-making process that led to this whole series of events: the conflict, whether it is perceived or real; the throwing of the public service under the bus; and the, at best, misrepresentations—there are certainly other words that could be used to describe the actions of the Prime Minister and others—in how they've answered questions related to this.
I'm curious as to your thoughts on the decision-making process that led to this and about your suggested changes that could be implemented to ensure that this sort of thing, first, gets exposed, so that we get all the facts, and, second, doesn't have to happen again. It's an abuse of taxpayers, an abuse of trust, and it truly damages the trust that Canadians need to have in their public institutions.