Mr. MacDonald and Mr. Czerny, again, thank you so much for your patience. We appreciate you bearing with us. We will do our best to make good use of your time here today.
As you know, this committee has undertaken a study that pursuant to Standing Order 108(3)(h), the committee review the safeguards that are in place to avoid and prevent conflicts of interest in federal government procurement, contract granting, contribution and other expenditure policies.
You have been asked to come today and comment on this motion and answer any questions that those around this committee table would have for you.
In just a moment, I will give you each 10 minutes for your opening remarks. We will then proceed to questions from the members. Of course all parties around the table will have an opportunity to engage with you.
As you answer questions, I would just ask that you be mindful of time. The members are often trying to make it through as many questions as they possibly can, so efficiency is certainly of the essence.
With that said, I will have to interrupt you once the maximum time limit has been reached. I don't do so to be rude, but just to keep us on track, so please bear with me.
With that, Mr. MacDonald, I would invite you to take the floor with your opening remarks. You have 10 minutes.