Thank you, Chair. I will be sharing my time with my colleague Mr. Gerretsen.
Thank you, Mr. Shugart, for appearing before the committee. Thank you for all the work you do on behalf of all Canadians.
Over the last five months, there has been a lot of discussion about the capacity of the public service to deliver programs like the Canada student service grant. I know that our world-class public servants adapted during these extraordinary circumstances, trying to navigate through this pandemic to deliver several key emergency benefits to all Canadians, all in condensed time frames, clearly stretching our program delivery ability to its limit.
Would you agree that at the time the Canada student service grant program was being developed and different options were being explored, the public service was at the point where, in order to deliver programs like the Canada student service grant, they needed some assistance and didn't have the capacity to do it themselves?