Thank you for being with us.
I was also impressed by Ms. Kerner's presentation. As a member of Parliament representing a highly urban riding in the south of Montreal, I have to cope with very similar situations.
However I would like to continue the discussion with Mr. Cunningham about practical challenges arising from budget implementation.
I detected some caution in your answers to Mr. Pacetti. Clearly, no one wants to offend someone who will have billions of dollars within six months. However, we saw today that Mr. Flaherty probably took advantage of the fact that all the opposition members are in the west of the country to make his statement in the east. However, he did not announce that the March 31 deadline will be extended, and we are six months away from the date on which the work is supposed to be completed.
Could you tell me whether workers are having to put in double or triple the hours elsewhere in the country, making the salary costs much higher than expected.
Also, do you have any examples of situations, here in Canada, where some of the supplies needed to complete the work being done were not available in sufficient quantities? If there is a shortage of certain supplies—and we could be talking about something as basic as pipes—the prices will obviously rise.
If the deadline is March 31, do you think that the increase in the cost of supplies and human resources, regardless of whether it is snowing or if temperatures are below freezing—and we seem to forget that we are talking about Canada—will prevent you from completing the work?